Just in Time for World Animal Day, Founder of Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt Honored for Helping Donkeys, Dogs, and Others

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2018

Cairo – A Lifetime Achievement Award is on its way from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Amina Abaza, founder and president of the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (S.P.A.R.E.), for her dedication to advancing animal protection in Egypt and around the world. The award comes just ahead of World Animal Day (October 4), when she’ll deliver a speech at an event organized by S.P.A.R.E. at the Hilton Zamalek hotel calling on modern Egyptian society to emulate the ancient Egyptians in their respectful—and kind—treatment of animals.

“Animals in need have a courageous, compassionate, impactful ally in Amina Abaza,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA is thrilled to honor her for all that she has achieved so far, and we look forward to standing beside her as she continues to blaze a better trail for animals.”

In addition to speaking up for animals on various animal rights issues, Abaza’s work on behalf of animals includes campaigning for Egyptian lawmakers to include animal welfare in the Egyptian constitution, calling for an end to the live import of sheep from Australia into Egypt, acting as Egypt’s ambassador for World Animal Day, and working with media and government officials in Jordan to raise awareness of PETA’s investigation revealing the systemic abuse of donkeys in Petra. In addition, S.P.A.R.E. campaigns for companion animals to be spayed or neutered, and it operates a veterinary clinic and a mobile clinic. She has used her high profile to pave the way for animal rights in Egypt by empowering others to speak up for animals and changing the way in which many in the country view dogs and other animals.

PETA’s motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.”

Abaza is available for interviews—to arrange one, please contact PETA. For more information, please visit