Great news! Egypt has announced plans to ban camel and horse rides around the Giza pyramids and in archaeological areas. The news follows more than a year of pressure from PETA, which included meetings with government officials. In addition, nearly 500,000 concerned people like you contacted Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism, urging it to ban animal rides at Egypt’s top tourist sites.
Tourists will soon be able to use electric cars and buses, as recommended by PETA, instead of animals.
This announcement is a huge victory for all the camels and horses who are forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages at Egypt’s top tourist sites in the blistering heat, without access to food, water, or shade.
PETA’s undercover investigation in the country revealed the immense suffering of these working animals, including those who slipped and fell to the ground. Workers were caught on camera whipping a horse mercilessly after he collapsed from exhaustion.
Many of the camels used for rides in Egypt come from the notorious Birqash Camel Market in Cairo, where PETA filmed camels being beaten bloody. Our footage led to the filing of a case by the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (S.P.A.R.E.) against the camel sellers at the market, the local council, the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Giza Governorate. Consequently, a security force in Egypt arrested three people for torturing camels at the market. The traders could be fined and could face imprisonment for up to six months under Article 357 of the Penal Code. Abusing working animals in Egypt also violates article 45 of the country’s constitution, which states that “[t]he State shall protect … those under the threat of extinction or danger [and] guarantee humane treatment of animals.”
Animal abuse has no place at Egypt’s majestic tourist destinations, and although this plan doesn’t ban all animal rides across the country, we’re thrilled by the progress.
Please join us in congratulating Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities on Twitter and Facebook for this compassionate decision:
Animals Are Not Transportation
Riding horses, donkeys, mules, camels, or any other animals is cruel.
No animal deserves to be dragged around and forced to bear the weight of humans, carriages, and tourists’ luggage. You may see signs at tourist destinations asserting high animal welfare standards, but they’re false and exist to placate tourists. Please avoid putting money into the pockets of animal abusers by steering clear of these rides completely.