A beauty product containing donkeys has been removed from TK Maxx stores in the U.K. after the charity Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys highlighted to TK Maxx the welfare issues behind donkey products.
The product, called Elizavecca Donkey Creamy Cleansing Melting Cream lists ‘donkey oil’ as one of the ingredients. Brooke highlighted this to TK Maxx through their Facebook page last week following ongoing welfare concerns about how products like these are made.
We take matters of this nature seriously and have instructed our stores to remove this product from sale.
A spokesperson for TK Maxx said:
“We appreciate that this issue was brought to our attention. We take matters of this nature seriously and have instructed our stores to remove this product from sale.
“A typical store receives several deliveries a week with each delivery containing thousands of items, so the occasional error may occur but we always act quickly to put things right.”
Brooke is a UK based charity who protect and improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in developing countries.
Rachel Bhageerutty, Head of Communications at Brooke said:
We are very pleased that TK Maxx listened to animal welfare concerns raised by Brooke and took swift action. Donkeys throughout the world, especially Africa, are being stolen and often killed in cruel and brutal ways to make products like these that are being sold in the UK. Retailers and consumers should be aware of the stories behind these so-called beauty products. Around 400 donkeys in Kenya alone are being killed every day.
Brooke is tackling the theft in the most affected communities, and working to tackle the wider issues at a Government level on a country by country basis. Something must be done - at the rate donkeys are being killed, in just 20 years’ time the donkeys in these areas may all be gone.
By supporting Brooke, the British public could help to protect donkeys in Kenya, and around the world.