YouTube Sides With PETA, Unblocks Video Challenging Mohamed Tharwat’s TV Show

PETA and SPARE Call For End to Violence Against Animals for ‘Pranks’ by Tharwat

For Immediate Release:
July 14, 2020

Cairo — YouTube has restored to its site a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) video calling out violence against animals on Mohamed Tharwat’s Ramadan TV special, the prank show Mahadesh Fahem Haga. A complaint from the network MBC Group initially prompted YouTube to remove the video—but after an appeal from PETA, it agreed that the group’s use of footage from the show doesn’t constitute copyright infringement. The world can continue to see how MBC Group abuses animals here.

The footage shows that 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 a duck was violently thrown, among other incidents. PETA and the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE) have called on MBC Group to prohibit such stunts, noting that they may violate Egyptian law.

“MBC Group should be ashamed of airing footage of violence against animals, not be making bogus copyright claims about it,” says PETA Senior Vice President Jason Baker. “PETA and SPARE are asking the network to pledge to stop animals from being gratuitously tormented for any show that it airs.”

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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