MOHAMED THARWAT’S TV SHOW FACES SCRUTINY OVER CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

After Violence Against Monkey, Donkey, Dog, and Ducks, PETA and SPARE Urge MBC to End Animal Use in Pranks on Mahadesh Fahem Haga

For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2020

Cairo — This morning, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE) sent a joint letter calling on the MBC Group to end the use of animals in Mohamed Tharwat’s Ramadan TV special, the prank show Mahadesh Fahem Haga. Footage from the show is available here.

In episodes of the show, a monkey was held and dangled by a chain around his neck, a donkey was slapped in the face, a dog was deliberately frightened by a fake electrical explosion, and ducks were violently thrown, among other incidents. PETA and SPARE note that these stunts may violate Egyptian law.

“Gratuitous cruelty to animals is never acceptable, and it’s particularly offensive during Ramadan, given Islam’s call for mercy to animals,” says SPARE founder Amina Tharwat Abaza. “PETA and SPARE are asking the MBC Group to remember that animals are individuals, not inanimate objects, and to prevent them from being tormented for a laugh on Mohamed Tharwat’s show.”

A fatwa by Dr. Muhammad Sayyid Tantawy, the late sheikh of Azhar, states, “Islam’s call for kindness to animals and for treating them with mercy applies to all of the situations in which this mercy is necessary.” Furthermore, Egypt’s Penal Code states that “any major harm [to animals] shall be punished by a jail sentence that does not exceed 6 months or by a fine that will not exceed 200 LE.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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