We Need Protection For 1,300 Working Animals That Are Cruelly Mistreated At Historic Site In Petra, Jordan

Photos by PETA

It is sad that the ugliness of animal abuse is persistent in the historically beautiful city of Petra, Jordan, one of the wonders of the world.

Through a PETA exposé of the tourism industry in Petra, Jordan, it is revealed that working animals are beat, whipped and owners overload many of the 1,300 donkeys, camels, mules and horses that are forced to haul visitors on their backs up and down the 900 steps to the monastery in blistering heat, without shade, water, while also on sometimes 10-mile treks in overladen carriages.

If the animals resist or falter, the beatings intensify.

Between rides, the animals are tied up so tightly that they can’t even lie down but instead are made to stand in the sun until the next customer comes along. Often, no veterinary care appears to be provided, and many animals seem to suffer visibly from lameness, colic and exhaustion.

“Weak, wounded, exhausted animals in Petra are hit and whipped, and most are deprived of water and shade, despite the desert heat,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement. “PETA Asia is urgently calling on the royal family and the government to help these animals by replacing them with golf carts so that tourists can appreciate Petra’s rich history without witnessing cruelty to animals, which ruins their trip and blights the country’s reputation.”

According to organization authorities’, lack of interest in helping these animals is blatant as indignant tourists are directed by the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority to report cruelty to animals by sending a message to an e-mail address that doesn’t even work.

The Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has estimated that more than 160,000 Americans visited the country in 2017. PETA’s campaign was launched to alert them and other foreign visitors to stay away unless action is taken to stop animal abuse at the site.

Jordan can and must replace Petra’s working horses, donkeys, mules, and camels with modern motorized or electric vehicles, and spare them a lifetime of suffering.

Information on how people can help the working animals languishing in the ancient city by requesting that Jordan’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities ban their use at the historical site can be found HERE!

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