A new PETA Asia investigation in Egypt has revealed horrific abuse of horses and camels forced to haul visitors on their backs or in carriages in blistering heat without shade, food, or water. Shocking footage shows animals being whipped with sticks, collapsing in the street and ‘foaming’ at the mouth in the country, where hundreds of thousands of Western tourists flock every year.
The SUN For many of the half a million British tourists who visit Egypt every year, camel rides are a must, up there with seeing the pyramids and sunbathing on the famous beaches.
But now, an investigation reveals the hidden horrors behind this popular tourist activity – with camels beaten with sticks, forced to walk in the blistering heat with no food and even hit in the testicles.
For as little as £7, many UK holidaymakers have ridden past The Great Pyramid of Giza and other ancient sights on a camel’s back, often stopping to snap a selfie with the animal.
However, less than an hour’s drive away from the monuments and mass of hotels, camels are allegedly being beaten until they ‘scream’ at Egypt’s biggest camel market.
Hundreds of the creatures are being sold off every day at the massive market in Birqash, which sits only around 20 miles away from the pyramids and the Saqqara burial site.
And shocking new footage, obtained by animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), shows the ‘cruel’ treatment some are forced to endure (See video below).
While one clip shows an injured camel standing in the heat with blood streaming out its nose, another captures an animal desperately trying to flee as it is whacked with sticks. Other camels are apparently struck in the testicles and left ‘foaming at the mouth’.
PETA, which shared the footage with Sun Online, claims many camels giving rides to holidaymakers at The Great Pyramid and Saqqara come from ‘cruel’ markets.
Eventually ‘slaughtered for meat’
An investigation by the organisation’s Asian arm found that some of these animals are left ‘screaming’ in pain before being sold off to give ‘endless rides in the heat’.
When they’re no longer useful, some of the animals are allegedly returned to the markets and sent away to be slaughtered for meat. Although camel meat isn’t a typical restaurant dish, it is eaten by many locals.
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