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Hidden horrors of donkeys and camels forced to carry cruel tourists around in Egypt

Camels and horses are whipped with sticks if they struggle to carry the tourists. Even with open and bleeding wounds, they are then put back to work in the glaring sun without water.

JANE WHARTON: ‘Horrific footage shows beaten and bloodied animals being used to carry tourists around the great sites of Egypt. Upsetting scenes show starving horses and camels collapsing as they are forced to haul people around in the blistering heat. Tourists have now been urged not to ride animals and unwittingly fuel the trade in animal abuse… The abuse is happening at some of Egypt’s most popular tourist sites, including the Great Pyramid and the vast ancient burial ground of Saqqara. Similar cruelty also happens in the city of Luxor, which has the famous River Nile running through and is home to the Valley Of The Kings.

Shocking pictures show camels and horses being whipped with sticks if they struggle to carry the tourists. Even with open and bleeding wounds, they are then put back to work in the glaring sun without being offered water. Video footage shows handlers in Giza violently beating a horse who had collapsed on his side while being forced to pull a carriage. Despite being severely injured in the fall, the animal was continually attacked until it got back up.

Many horses used for rides in Giza and Luxor had painful, bloody wounds and were forced to wait in the scorching sun for the next paying customer without food, water, or access to shade, a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said… ‘Emaciated horses whose ribs showed through their skin were repeatedly yanked and whipped’. ‘Horses at the Great Pyramid of Giza are beaten and whipped just so that tourists can ride them. ‘They are forced to carry tourists in the choking dust and sweltering heat even if they are exhausted and emaciated’.’  SOURCE…

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