A new PETA eyewitness video reveals that animals in Jordan’s ancient city of Petra are still being beaten, jabbed, and whipped in order to keep them moving so they can make more money for their handlers.
After a PETA Asia investigation was released in January, the Jordan Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities pledged to end the cruelty to donkeys, camels, mules, and horses, but this latest video shows that nothing has changed.
PETA is sharing a report highlighting the cruelty in Petra’s tourism industry—along with the new video footage—with UNESCO and government officials. This latest exposé once again shows the need for a ban on forcing animals to haul tourists around the historic city.
This shameful practice should have been replaced with the use of modern, animal-free vehicles long ago. Check out the shocking video:
Handlers force mules and donkeys to climb and descend the 900 steps to the monastery with visitors on their backs and force horses to pull carriages on grueling 6-mile treks through the ancient city multiple times a day. In addition, camels cry out while handlers bind their mouths shut.
You Can Help Animals Suffering in Petra and at Other Destinations
And whether you’re traveling abroad or here in the U.S., never participate in any activity that uses animals for entertainment.