Egyptian Superstar Joins PETA Campaign Urging for the Ethical Treatment of Donkeys

For Immediate Release:
November 2, 2017

Amman/Petra, Jordan – Offering fresh food to a lovable donkey, actor Amy Samir Ghanem stars in a new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that proclaims, “Make a Donkey’s Day. Compassion Starts With You.” The ad, available here, is part of PETA’s campaign to help donkeys who are forced to haul tourists, crates, and food on their backs.

PETA is concerned about animals standing under the blistering sun without shade, food, or water. Drivers regularly beat and whip the animals to force them to move. Despite the oppressive desert heat, donkeys are forced to climb up and down steep hills with heavy loads, including tourists, on their backs. In Petra, for example, donkeys and camels are given little to no water while inside the park gates, usually from 7 am to 4 pm. They’re left in the sun and continually whipped by handlers.

“In Jordan, gentle donkeys are forced to pull heavy loads and carry camera-toting tourists on their backs through the blistering heat every day,” says Ghanem. “My friends at PETA and I encourage travellers to this beautiful country to skip the donkey rides and, instead, offer water and fresh fruit to these overworked animals.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that donkeys used to carry tourists and other heavy loads in Jordan are often given only very limited veterinary care, if any. Many suffer from lameness, colic, and exhaustion, and some endure these conditions for months without any treatment.

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