An undercover investigation by animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) revealed animal cruelty in Egypt’s tourism.
According to PETA’s undercover investigation, camels and horses used for tourism in the Great Pyramid of Giza, Luxor, and Saqqara were found to be carrying tourists on their back or in carriages “in blistering heat without shade, food, or water.”
It also exposed handlers in Giza violently beating a horse that collapsed while being forced to pull a carriage, while men and children at Birqash Camel Market beat “screaming camels with sticks” until their faces became bloody.
“It’s disgraceful that exhausted, emaciated animals in Egypt are beaten and whipped into giving endless rides in the heat, even as their legs buckle and they collapse,” PETA Director Elisa Allen said in a statement.
“PETA is calling on the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism to replace these abused animals with modern vehicles such as electric rickshaws so that tourists can appreciate the country’s rich history without supporting cruelty to animals.”
PETA Asia wrote a letter to Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, urging Egypt to use modern transportation instead of animals.