Ejiao (pronounced [e-jow]) is a gelatin derived from the hide of a donkey, in particular a young black donkey, and used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of bleeding, dizziness, insomnia and a dry cough. Donkey hides are hard to come by now in China so fake ejiao derived from pig hide or even from  old shoes is not unknown. 

 Ejiao has come to prominence for us because there is now a plan to produce it in the Northern Territory, both from wild donkeys (which are numerous and a pest) and donkey farms.  There is a clear commitment to slaughtering and processing ejiao in Australia rather than engaging again in the live animal trade. 

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