The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw world-wide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies has released a global survey to help map the devastating trade.
The international charity is calling on everyone who works with donkeys worldwide from veterinarians and livestock officers to project staff and community leaders to complete the short survey and help tackle this devastating trade.
Alex Mayers, head of programmes at The Donkey Sanctuary says: “While we know the devastating effects of the donkey skin trade across the world, we need to have the most accurate data we can to call on communities, governments and the industry to act in the most relevant way.
The information from this survey will build a strong picture of the current situation, and will help guide us all. By sharing what we all know about local situations, we can act together as the voice for donkeys.”
The Donkey Skin Trade Survey will be open until 31 October 2017.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s Under the Skin report, published in early 2017, was an urgent response to the unsustainable rise in the slaughter of donkeys for the skin trade – largely due to growing demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine which uses the gelatin found in donkey hides for products alleged to offer anti-ageing properties.
Watch the latest video on the Under the Skin campaign.