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Jennifer Cui Will Lead PETA Protest Against Far East Center for Selling Chinese 'Medicine' Made From Bludgeoned Donkeys

For Immediate Release:
March 8, 2018

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Los AngelesWhat:    On Friday, Chinese-American University of Southern California student Jennifer Cui will lead PETA supporters in a protest urging the Far East Center to stop selling ejiao, a traditional Chinese “medicine” made from boiled donkey hides.

When:    March 9, 12 noon

Where:    Far East Center, 734 N. Broadway, Los Angeles (at the intersection of Alpine Street and N. Broadway)

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 so that workers can cut off their skins. The footage shows that some of the 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 Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA stands with these young leaders 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-owned—have stopped selling ejiao after hearing from PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any way.”

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