Donkeys become the most trafficked animal in the world; new campaign launched
Donkeys are becoming the most trafficked animal in the world, with more than 2 million of the 4.8 million animals slaughtered each year for their skins being trafficked illegally
A new awareness film ‘Innocent Lives’ has been launched by The Donkey Sanctuary to highlight the impact of the trade on donkeys and the millions of communities and individuals who depend on them
The Donkey Sanctuary is calling on people to join its Stop the Slaughter mission. End the donkey skin trade
The Donkey Sanctuary today launched a new awareness-raising animated film highlighting the plight of the world’s donkeys – and the communities and individuals who depend on them – as they are declared the world’s most trafficked animal with up to 2 million trafficked for slaughter every year.
Demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese remedy made from donkey skins, and the collapse of China’s donkey population have led to increased trafficking, as skin traders seek supplies at all costs.
Donkeys destined for the hide trade are held in deeply cruel and inhumane conditions and suffer at every stage of their journey, from source to slaughter. Pregnant, young or injured animals are not spared and donkey populations around the world are decimated.
The new animated film, developed by independent creative agency ArthurLondon and available now on YouTube, was launched to raise awareness of the impacts of this trade on the communities and individuals who depend on it. He is on The Donkey Sanctuary’s Stop the Slaughter show. End the Donkey Skin Trade campaign.
The film follows the story of a young Ethiopian girl whose working donkey is stolen at night by hide traders. She represents the thousands of women and girls who are also victims of the donkey skin trade, as they often have to shoulder the work that would otherwise have been done by their donkey. It is estimated that up to 10 million communities in the developing world depend on donkeys to sustain themselves.
Ending the donkey skin trade has been made even more difficult in recent years as the practice has moved online, a recent study by The Donkey Sanctuary, University of Oxford, Said Business School and WildCRU confirming that it has also integrated into other illegal wildlife trades. Activities. Currently, thousands of live ads for donkey skins exist on e-commerce and social media sites around the world.
The Donkey Sanctuary is asking the public to support the work it is doing to end the skin trade by donating, following the @DonkeySanctuary Twitter account and signing up to receive email updates at campaign progress.
Marianne Steele, Acting CEO of The Donkey Sanctuary, said:
“The inhumane and unregulated donkey skin trade is one of the greatest global threats to donkeys today. The suffering of donkeys at the hands of this trade cannot be underestimated.
“Beyond that, every donkey stolen and slaughtered by traffickers leaves behind a family that depends on them to support themselves. Often it is the most vulnerable in these communities who suffer the most, and the main character in our film represents the young girls who are at risk of being taken out of school to cover the work their donkeys can no longer do.
“We wanted this film to show how the donkey skin trade impacts both the donkeys themselves and the communities that raise and depend on them around the world. We hope that by encouraging greater awareness of this cruel practice, we can achieve our goal of ending the donkey skin trade forever.