Update (July 1, 2019): After seeing PETA's investigation footage and a case filed by the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (S.P.A.R.E.) against the camel sellers at the Birqash Camel Market, the local council, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Giza Governorate, a security force in Egypt arrested three people for torturing camels at the Birqash Camel Market in Cairo. They could be fined and face imprisonment of up to six months as per article 357 of the penal code.
Abusing working animals in Egypt violates article 45 of the country's constitution, which states that "The State shall protect (...) those under the threat of extinction or danger; guarantee humane treatment of animals", but more needs to be done. Please sign below to urge Egypt's Minister of Tourism to ban the rental of animals at Egypt's top tourist sites.
Tourists from all over the world flock to Egypt to marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Saqqara's ancient burial site, and Luxor's royal tombs, but these sites have a violent side in plain view. PETA's latest investigation in Egypt has revealed horrific abuse of horses and camels forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages at the top tourist sites in the blistering heat without access to food, water, or shade. At the notorious Birqash Camel Market, which supplies camels to some of the tourist spots, animals were severely beaten with sticks. As PETA's investigative footage shows, visitors who choose to ride one of these animals are directly responsible for their pain and misery.
Animals at these sites are forced to wait for the next paying customer in the scorching sun without access to food, water, or shade.
They are given no breaks and are beaten and whipped into giving endless rides in the heat, even as their knees buckle and they collapse.
Beaten Until They Drop
Handlers viciously beat animals who are simply too exhausted to go on. Workers in Giza were seen continuously beating a horse who had collapsed while being forced to haul a tourist in a carriage. They did not stop beating her until she finally managed to get back up. Eyewitnesses report that she was quickly put back to work even though she had been severely injured by the fall.
Eyewitnesses also observed screaming camels who were viciously beaten with sticks by men and children at the Birqash Camel Market before being sold to the tourism industry. Some camels are even sold to the meat industry.
Injured, Bleeding, and in Pain
Many horses used for rides in Giza and Luxor were seen with painful, bloody wounds yet were forced to continue to cart tourists around.
Many of the animals' faces were bloody.
Emaciated horses whose ribs jutted out through their skin were repeatedly yanked and whipped.
Weak Animals Are Slaughtered for Meat
Once the camels sold at the Birqash market are no longer able to give rides around the Giza and Saqqara pyramids, they're returned to the market to be sent for slaughter.
Take Action Now
Tourists who pay to go for a ride are keeping these operations in business. If you're planning to visit Egypt, please never ride an animal. When you book your trip, ask your tour company and hotel if they promote these rides. If they do, explain why they should stop doing so. Animals are living, feeling beings who suffer when forced to entertain the public. Please urge Egypt's minister of tourism to end this abuse by banning the rental of animals at these sites.