The title might seem click bait-y but it's totally legit. Thanks to a business-minded tipster I learned about something gelatin-related that made me a wee bit queasy. But really, gelatin isn't the most savory of ingredients anyway (I don't recommend looking up what it's made of if you don't already know).
But back to the donkey skin. Apparently, in China, donkey skin gelatin is hot, hot, hot. It is a highly prized medicinal tonic thought to "nourish the blood, boost the immune system, and act as a general pick-me-up." The problem is that the increasingly wealthy Chinese middle class just can't get enough of the stuff. A classic economic quandary, amirite? Demand is outstripping supply.
Burkina Faso, meanwhile, has banned the export of donkey skins because the soaring demand has wreaked havoc on the donkey population in a country that relies on them in large part to transport goods and for their own medicinal purposes.
Ultimately, it's a fascinating story of international trade, demand curves, and ass glue (the shortage of which, I think we can all agree, is no laughing matter).
p.s. as much as it may sound like I made this all up, the news articles are real.