Brooke USA Foundation Supporters Head to Washington, D.C. to Meet with Congressional Offices 

Advocates will call on Members of Congress to support H.R. 5203 (Ejiao Act)

Brooke USA Foundation (Brooke USA) will host its first National Advocacy Days on July 21 and 22 in Washington, DC. These Advocacy Days will serve as a cornerstone of Brooke USA’s 2022 advocacy program focused on banning the import and sale of ejiao in the United States while giving Board members, friends, and supporters the chance to meet with their Members of Congress.

Advocates will be able to educate Congressional representatives about the issues facing working equines and their families in vulnerable communities across the world, especially as it relates to the production of ejiao, a gelatin-based traditional Chinese medicine derived from boiling the hides of donkeys. During the meetings, advocates will  seek support for the “Ejiao Act” (H.R. 5203). This legislation  would restrict trade on all ejiao products made from donkey skins, which are decimating the species’ global population and threatening the impoverished families and communities who rely on them.

Advocates will also meet with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) who serves as the sponsor of the Ejiao Act. At present, Congressman Beyer is working to secure several bipartisan co-sponsors for the legislation, and Brooke USA advocates will be supporting his efforts while visiting Capitol Hill.

Hundreds of millions of people, in some of the most impoverished parts of the world, rely on donkeys for survival, Donkeys are a major part of the working livestock sector and support the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries from farming to construction to hauling goods. Unfortunately, with the booming demand for ejiao products in China decimating the world’s donkey populations, global prices have increased. Today, it has become increasingly difficult for owners to replace their animals when they are killed or stolen.

“It is imperative that our nation’s policymakers learn how the shock of losing a donkey can destroy a person’s livelihood and push them further into poverty,” said Katherine Kaneb, Chair of the Board of Directors of Brooke USA.

Thousands of donkeys in developing countries are being killed and their skins sold to China. It is estimated that 4.8 million donkey hides a year are needed to satisfy the demand for ejiao. The United States is the third largest importer of ejiao in the world, valued at $12 million in annual sales. At the current pace, the global donkey population of 44 million could be halved over the next five years.

“We must continue the momentum in the fight against the global donkey hide trade and the devastation caused by  the production of ejiao. We will be calling on Members of Congress to leverage their influence and help enact the Ejiao Act,” stated Emily Dulin, CEO of Brooke USA. “The only way we can do this is by encouraging our friends and supporters everywhere to take action. We ask everyone to address legislators in their district and ask for a ban on the import and sale of ejiao,” added Dulin. Brooke USA provides an easy online platform to write to Members of Congress directly; visit today.

For more information on Brooke USA’s Advocacy Days or to join the team in Washington on July 21 and 22, contact Emily Dulin, Chief Executive Officer at

About Brooke USA Foundation (Brooke USA): The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the health, welfare and productivity of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them for survival worldwide. We are committed to sustainable economic development by reducing poverty, increasing food security, ensuring access to water, providing a means to education, and raising basic standards of living through improved equine health and welfare. We accomplish this by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.

Brooke USA strives to alleviate the suffering and vulnerability of developing communities by funding and implementing programs that improve the quality of life and health of working equines and thereby positively impacting their economic sustainability, protecting the planet, ensuring gender equality, and guaranteeing life on land resilience. We want to see healthy, happy people and equines that work in partnership to achieve sustainable local economies.

For more information, contact:
Emily Dulin

Kendall Bierer