Egypt to ban camel, donkey and horse rides at Giza

Yvonne O'Halloran

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism recently announced its intention to ban camel, donkey and horse rides around the pyramids at Giza and in other archaeological areas. The decision was implemented after over a year of pressure from PETA and other animal organizations.

PETA exposed the animal abuse resulting from these rides, which eventually led to about half a million people sending letters expressing dismay to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Often, camels and horses who are used to transport visitors around Egypt slip and fall. Even worse, workers frequently beat the animals to force them to continue going “beyond the point of exhaustion.”

In addition to abuse inflicted directly from workers, the animals haul visitors in extreme conditions: in Egypt’s blistering heat and without food, water, or shade.

Government officials from Egypt and PETA Asia representatives also met to talk about how to end this abuse. Per PETA’s recommendations, officials have called for a ban of these rides. Now, tourists will instead have access to electric cars and buses to travel around the area.

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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