Hong Kong previously imported these skins from South America, either because of scarcity or unavailability; they are turning their attention towards the Northern Territory in Australia, which has nearly 300,000 feral donkeys.
Traditional healers in China use donkey skins to extract "Ejiao." This extract is then used to make Nu Bao, a traditional Chinese medicine the Chinese believe will improve vitality, help with menstrual pain and increase a woman's libido.
The Australian exporter, John Fleming, who is assisting the Hong Kong company, is sourcing the donkey skins in the Northern Territory area.
He told News.com
"They want the skins, but not for leather. Apparently there is a certain extract in the skin they can use for traditional medicine...They're after a lot of donkey skins. As much as they can get their hands on.''
Australians apparently have no use for the donkeys and they are shooting them for sport.
Instead of being shot at by the Australians for sporting purposes, the donkeys will be killed to make the traditional medicine for the Chinese. If you ask me, this is not much of choice for the poor animals.