PETA Stresses Need for Ban on Forcing Horses, Mules, Donkeys, and Camels to Carry Tourists Throughout Historic City

For Immediate Release:
24 April 2018

Petra – Despite the Ministry of Tourism’s pledge to put an end to the cruelty to donkeys, camels, mules, and horses exposed in a recent PETA Asia investigation into Petra’s tourism industry, new eyewitness video footage reveals that the animals are still being beaten, jabbed, and whipped in order to keep them moving.

In response, PETA is issuing a report and releasing the footage to show once again the need for a ban on forcing animals to haul tourists around the historic city. The video and report will be shared with UNESCO and government officials.

“The Ministry of Tourism pledged to put an end to Petra’s cruelty to animals, yet donkeys and horses are still being beaten and whipped into labouring for the tourism industry,” says PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA is calling for an end to this shameful practice, which should have been replaced with the use of modern, animal-free vehicles long ago.”

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 gruelling 10-kilometre treks through the ancient city multiple times a day. PETA’s exposé showed men and even boys hitting exhausted animals over and over again with plastic pipes, ropes, chains, and whips to keep them moving. Bloodstained chains and ropes dug into the animals’ necks, and camels suffered from open, fly-infested wounds. They were seen crying out as their mouths were forcibly bound shut by men. Between rides, the animals were tied up so tightly that they couldn’t even lie down, and many seemed to suffer visibly from lameness, colic, and exhaustion.

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