PETA: ‘Hideously shocking eyewitness footage from Chinese farms shows donkeys, some as young as 5 months old, being hit on the head with a sledgehammer. Their throats are then slit, and they are left to die. Others face the same terrifying end after enduring a long journey to the slaughterhouse. These gentle animals are killed for one reason: so that their skins can be sold to leading pharmaceutical companies in China, where they are boiled down to make gelatin for “ejiao”, a traditional Chinese “medicine” that is believed to improve blood circulation.
At every farm visited by PETA Asia’s observer, donkeys were stuck in small, filthy concrete-floored pens. Located outdoors, they were only partially protected from the elements by a tin roof, and many were seen standing in their own waste and urine. The only water available to them was filthy and green with algae. One donkey was so malnourished that his ribs stuck out. Another was so sick that she couldn’t walk, so she was dumped into the bucket of a tractor and hauled away. Workers confided to the PETA Asia observer that they were concerned that environmental inspectors would fine or shut them down.
At a donkey market, the PETA Asia observer documented hundreds of doomed animals forced to wait in crowded pens in the full summer sun for their turn to be bought and sent to a farm for slaughter. Terrified donkeys were beaten with sticks, including one who was hit and screamed at when she attempted to escape through a gate that was left open’. SOURCE…