Group Asks for Giza Governorate CCTV Footage to Be Broadcast Online
For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2019
Cairo — On the heels of the announcement that CCTV cameras have been installed at the Birqash Camel Market, PETA has made public for the first time privately shot video footage of workers viciously beating camels with sticks and otherwise abusing them at the market. PETA, which aims to remind people of the scope of the abuse, wants all CCTV footage broadcast live on the internet. Previously, PETA eyewitnesses learned that many of the animals at the market are sold to be used at Egypt’s top tourist sites. They saw that their legs were often bound and many had bloody faces from the beatings. The new footage can be viewed here.
The release of this additional footage comes after a damning PETA investigation of top tourist destinations in Egypt that revealed numerous acts of animal abuse. Camels and horses are forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages continually in the blistering heat without access to shade, food, or water. Once 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 to slaughter.
“Like PETA’s footage from a few months ago of the horrific abuse inflicted on Egypt’s working animals, this new footage is sure to make you cry,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “It proves once more that the Birqash Camel Market is absolute hell for camels. If the Giza Governorate thinks installing CCTV cameras will help end the abuse, it should have no qualms about broadcasting the footage live on the internet for the public to see and judge for themselves.”
In addition, attorneys filed a complaint with the Attorney General on behalf of Amina Abaza—founder of the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (S.P.A.R.E.) and recipient of PETA’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award—against workers at the Birqash market, the local council, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the Giza Governorate. As a result, three camel traders have been arrested by a security force headed by Brig. Gen. Assem Abu al-Khair and Sameh Badawi. The traders could be fined and could face imprisonment for up to six months as per article 357 of the penal code.
Photographs from PETA’s investigation of the Birqash market and broadcast-quality video footage of animal abuse at the market is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETAAsia.com.