Workers lay the skins of freshly killed donkeys out to dry in Dong'e, northeast China, where they will later be boiled to produce gelatin sold as a health and beauty tonic. Photo: George Knowles

Chinese health fad that’s decimating donkey populations worldwide

Said to prolong life, increase sex drive and maintain beauty, gelatin made from boiling donkey skins has seen an explosion in demand from China’s rising middle class, to the alarm of developing countries which depend on the beasts

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Workers lay the skins of freshly killed donkeys out to dry in Dong'e, northeast China, where they will later be boiled to produce gelatin sold as a health and beauty tonic. Photo: George Knowles
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