Petra : Acts of torture on animals carrying tourists

The ancient town of Petra, Jordan’s jewel, is assisting shocking scenes experienced by the animals used to transport international tourists. The PETA association reveals that more than 1300 camels, horses, donkeys and mules are living a real ordeal in the desert, as shown below.



Archaeological site of Petra, Jordan.


Petra, Jordan’s iconic touristic site, has been part of the Unesco world heritage sites since 1985, and it’s understandable : the impressive monuments are directly carved in the rock. However, tourists who came to admire this beautiful city, quickly were disillusioned by witnessing locals perpetrate barbaric acts on animals. Indeed, visits are conducted in carriages, or on the back of camels, donkeys or horses.

Acts of animal cruelty

In a report, the association for animals rights PETA, shows that camels, mules and horses have to go through steep trails, climb stairs and hike 10 km five times a day with tourists on their backs. They are often whipped and beaten with plastic hoses, chains or ropes. They are kicked and punished by locals if they are too exhausted to move forward or if they refuse to take tourists for a ride.

The repeated strokes and the too tight hitch cut the flesh of the animals, and these wounds are not treated. According to PETA, they however have to keep working despite their open wounds, where the flies are multiplying.

When they are not carrying tourists, the animals don’t even have the possibility to rest or regain strength since they are tied up in full sun, with a rope sometimes too short for them to lie down. Moreover, they are deprived of water during the day under the crushing heat of Jordan’s desert. Its only once back in the barn after a long and hard day of work, that the animals can finally drink.

Petition : rescue Petra’s animals

Tourists, witnesses of these abusing acts, alerted the PETA association. After conducting an investigation and observing the ordeal the camels, mules, donkeys and horses are suffering, PETA intend to put pressure on the Jordan’s government to change things and we support this initiative. The association has launched an online petition.

You can now support Petra’s animals on the PETA France website, by signing this petition.

We all note that it’s finally time to put an end to these archaic practices in Petra and to modernize touristic visits. Indeed, the Jordanian archaeological site has a bad reputation in the eyes of the tourists, fortunately shocked by these intolerable acts toward the animals, which necessarily has an economical impact.

Floriane Boyer, EVI editor