Sledgehammer-Carrying Animal Advocates to Protest Sale of Vile Donkey Gelatin

China's Secret Donkey Horror Sold in Flushing

For Immediate Release:
May 11, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

New YorkWhat:    PETA supporters will shock shoppers and members of the community on Monday by waving sledgehammers in the air outside Tong Ren Tang in Queens to protest the clinic’s decision to continue selling ejiao, a traditional Chinese “medicine” made from donkeys’ hides, despite having been informed by PETA in February that baby donkeys are bludgeoned and killed for the cruelly obtained product. The protest against the sale of ejiao is the third of many to take place across North America, including in Los Angeles; San Francisco; Vancouver, British Columbia; and more.

When:    Monday, May 14, 12 noon

Where:    Tong Ren Tang, 40-34 Main St., Flushing, Queens

A PETA video exposé of the Chinese ejiao industry revealed that thousands of donkeys are kept in filthy, cramped concrete-floored pens and beaten when they reach the market. Their heads are then struck with sledgehammers, and their throats are slit before workers cut off their skin. The footage shows that some animals continued to breathe and move even after this horrific treatment.

“No one needs donkey skin except the animals who were born in it,” says PETA supporter James Hou. “PETA stands with protesters in calling for a ban on this vile product made from the hides of bludgeoned baby donkeys.”

A number of U.S.-based companies—including eBay and Walmart (and its—stopped selling ejiao after hearing from PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way.”

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