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An undercover investigation has revealed animals used at top tourist destinations in Egypt ‘beaten bloody’ by handlers.

Now vegan charity PETA Asia, which took the footage, is calling for a ban on the use of working animals at tourist sites in the country.

According to the charity, horses and camels working at sites including the Great Pyramid of Giza, Saqqara, and Luxor, are used to carry visitors on their backs or in carriages. It says the conditions are dire – with the animals working ‘in blistering heat without shade, food, or water.’

Beaten animals

The charity adds that the video shows handlers in Giza violently beating a horse who’d collapsed on her side while being forced to pull a carriage, as well as men and children ‘viciously beating screaming camels with sticks’ until their faces were bloody at the Birqash Camel Market.

PETA Asia has written to Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat, calling on the country to use modern transport like electric vehicles, instead of animals, to move people around.

The footage is disturbing (Video: PETA)


“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 sent to Plant Based News.

“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 adds: “Once the 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 and sent to be slaughtered.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.