New Video Exposé Shows Camels Badly Beaten for Egyptian Tourism

New Video Exposé Shows Camels Badly Beaten for Egyptian Tourism

London – As people make their travel plans for 2023 – with post-pandemic tourism in Egypt growing by more than 60% from 2021 to 2022 – a new video exposé from PETA shows that camels used for rides at the Great Pyramid of Giza and other top Egyptian tourism sites are beaten bloody, prodded, yanked, tugged by the nose, tied up, and forced to walk on their knees.

The video was taken in Birqash Camel Market, the chief supplier of camels to the Egyptian tourism industry. It shows camels with bloody faces and men repeatedly whipping and hitting the animals as they scream. The animals’ legs are tied tightly together to prevent them from moving or escaping, and others are tied to the backs of vehicles and dragged through the dirt. When their bodies are too worn out to use for rides, they’re sold to be killed for meat.

“Behind every camel-ride photo posted online is a hideously violent trade that leaves camels beaten and bloodied before ultimately sending them to slaughter,” says PETA Vice President of Programmes Elisa Allen. “PETA urges travellers to leave animal rides off their itineraries in Egypt and worldwide.”

PETA entities worldwide are calling on the governor of Giza to investigate the traders who have been caught abusing camels at the market and for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to ban animal rides at the Great Pyramid of Giza.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, or Instagram.


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