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A new PETA eyewitness video reveals that animals in Jordan are still being beaten, jabbed, and whipped in order to keep them moving. The Jordan Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities had pledged to end the cruelty to donkeys, camels, mules, and horses exposed in a recent PETA Asia investigation into Petra's tourism industry, but nothing has changed.
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This shameful practice should have been replaced with the use of modern, animal-free vehicles long ago.
A PETA report highlighting the cruelty in Petra's tourism industry, along with the new video footage, has been shared with UNESCO and government officials. This latest exposé once again shows the need for a ban on forcing animals to haul tourists around the historic city.
Animals continue to suffer in Petra: Mules and donkeys are forced to climb the 900 steps up to the monastery and down again with visitors on their backs, while horses are forced to pull carriages on grueling 6-mile treks through the ancient city multiple times a day. And camels cry out as their mouths are forcibly bound shut.