Photos: ‘Horses’ and ‘Camels’ at Dublin’s Egyptian Embassy Call for Animal Ride Ban

Photos: ‘Horses’ and ‘Camels’ at Dublin’s Egyptian Embassy Call for Animal Ride Ban

Dublin – Today, a herd of PETA supporters wearing “hooves” and giant horse and camel masks brandished signs outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin reading, “Stop Abusing Camels” and “Ban Horse Carriages!” to urge the Egyptian government to prohibit the use of horses and camels to transport tourists at the pyramids.

Photos are available here.

Newly released footage from PETA Asia shows camels used for tourist rides routinely beaten and bound at Egypt’s notorious Birqash Camel Market, including a camel who was tied to the back of a lorry and dragged through the streets. PETA Asia has shared multiple videos like these with Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities – one showing a horse in Giza collapsing while pulling a carriage and being beaten until she managed to stand up again. Other videos show horses with open sores and severe, untreated injuries forced to wait for the next paying customer in the blistering heat without shade or water and trying to subsist by eating rubbish. The ministry previously pledged to ban the use of horses and other animals at tourist sites by implementing electric carts, but it has failed to provide a definite date.

“Tourists go to Giza to see the pyramids, not the sight of horses eating rubbish to survive or handlers dragging camels through the streets,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “PETA is taking the Egyptian government to task for the delay in switching to electric carts and asks that visitors avoid climbing on the backs of abused animals.”

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