ACT NOW: Stop wild burros from falling victim to the international donkey skin trade

The following is from the American Wild Horse Campaign:

We’ve got a lot to share with you in this week’s eNews, including:an opportunity to take action to protect America’s wild burros from the donkey skin trade, an introduction to Shaggy, one of the Virginia Range’s beloved mustangs, and an inside look at our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program. 

Read on to learn more and speak up for our cherished wild herds! >>

Speak Up for Burros: Stop the Ejiao Trade

Two burros standing side by side in a field

Photo by Mike Lorden

Each year, millions of donkeys are brutally slaughtered for the production of ejiao (eh-gee-yow), medicinal gelatin that is made from boiling the skins of these animals. The donkey skin trade is now decimating global donkey populations as well as harming the impoverished global communities that rely on them for survival. The increasing number of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) burros in kill pens and slaughter auctions raises serious concerns about burros being put at risk of entering the donkey skin trade and the production of ejiao.

Luckily, U.S. House Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) has introduced the ​​Ejiao Act (H.R. 5203), which would ban the knowing sale or transportation of ejiao made using donkey skin, or products containing ejiao made using donkey skin, in interstate or foreign commerce. Please take action today. >>


Meet the Mustang: Shaggy, the Shimmering Buckskin of Nevada’s Virginia Range

Shaggy, a dark brown buckskin mustang gallops

Photo by Deb Sutherland

Nevada’s 300,000-acre Virginia Range is home to an estimated 3,000 wild horses, including a stunning buckskin stallion affectionately known by locals as Shaggy.

American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) volunteer Deb Sutherland has been documenting Shaggy and his family since he was born in 2012, and her knowledge of the ongoings of his life is rich. As Deb puts it, “It’s not just the story of Shaggy — as telling the history of one wild horse always involves sharing the lives of the others on the range — they are all intertwined.”


ICYMI: Lifting the Veil — AWHC’s FOIA Program

Mustangs young and old stuck in a fenced-in area

One of the most important areas of our work at AWHC is our investigations program. The core of the work involves filing requests for records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to gain access to public information that the federal government may be unwilling to disclose.

Read on to learn more about this critical program that allows us to uncover important and sometimes damning information about the management of our nation’s wild horses and burros, including records that expose abuse and mistreatment during roundups, in holding, or in private care.


Thanks for reading. And thank you for continuing to stand up for our cherished wild horses and burros!

— AWHC Team