Following PETA Asia’s exposé of the abusive treatment of working animals at Petra, Jordan, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed to make major improvements to animal welfare at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The MoU includes plans for the introduction of eco-friendly electric vehicles to carry tourists and the installation of modern veterinary clinics, where the animals would receive regular care. Other plans include new water stations to ensure that animals have access to fresh drinking water and a prohibition on forcing animals to walk dangerous paths or carry heavy loads.
At Petra, more than 1,300 horses, donkeys, mules, and camels are forced to carry tourists or pull carriages in the city every day, and they’re suffering terribly. Handlers routinely whip and beat them as they haul tourists on a gruelling 6-mile trek in the sweltering heat, and they’re given no water or shade. Donkeys are forced to carry tourists up and down the 900 treacherously steep and eroded steps to the city’s iconic monastery. If they resist or falter, the beatings intensify.
This MoU is a monumental step in the right direction and has the potential to transform the lives of the hundreds of working animals who have suffered incessantly for the sake of tourism. PETA is thrilled that change is coming to Petra, as it might mean an end to the beatings and other forms of abuse at the site.
Remember: Petra isn’t the only place where animals are exploited and subjected to violence – this is the daily reality for millions of living beings around the globe. To end cruelty to animals everywhere, we must continue to take action.
Taxi-Donkeys in Santorini-Greece
Transport-Donkeys in Santorini-Greece
Camels riding for tourists
It’s not just Jordan, I agree with PETA.
The Taxi-Animals suffer similarly in Greece, in Spain, in Berlin, in Vienna …
It has developed an industry tourism in the last 30 years.
Every idiot wants to experience “nature” and “exoticism”, and he does not care if he destroys the environment or if animals suffer.
That’s what a fun society is called.
it has to be banned to sale this spiteful form of fun: making selfies with Tieger slaves, riding camels to death, using carriages as taxi – cabs and dragging elephants in the heat as a transport means all day long.
Mass tourism is a form of neocolonialism.
Best regards, Venus