Stop Abuse of Working Animals in Ancient Tourist City

Target: Mohammed Nawafleh, Chief Commissioner of the Petra Development Tourism Region Authority

 Goal: Demand that the Petra Development Tourism Region Authority provide humane treatment and medical care for the donkeys, horses, and camels working in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan.

Donkeys, horses, and camels have allegedly been abused and neglected while working at the ancient city of Petra. The animals are reportedly tied with chains and ropes and denied water in intense heat. Jordanian and international groups claim that much has already been done to improve working conditions, but PETA believes there is more to be done. Demand humane treatment for these poor animals.

Petra is a popular tourist destination that offers donkey, horse, and camel rides. The animals are reportedly forced to carry tourists up steep eroded stairs in extreme heat and sunlight and pull carts without access to water. PETA claims that horses, camels, and donkeys are beaten and tied with ropes and chains. The animals suffered deep wounds from the alleged cruelty and some even showed signs of neurological disorders.

PETA is working with local animal rights organizations to stop this alleged abuse. Sign below and demand that the Petra Development Tourism Region Authority move to protect these animals and terminate the use of any animal owner who is found guilty of animal cruelty.


Dear Chief Commissioner Nawafleh,

Horses, donkeys, and camels have allegedly suffered abuse in the ancient city of Petra. The animals are reportedly forced to carry tourists up steep and eroded stairs in extreme heat without shade or water. We demand humane treatment for these innocent animals.

A recent investigation, conducted by PETA, showed that many of the working animals in Petra were forced to endure abuse and neglect at the hands of their owners. Animals suffer deep wounds and neurological conditions as a result of alleged beatings. Ropes and chains are reportedly tied around their bodies and they are denied food and necessary medical care. Though Jordanian groups claim that working conditions have been improved, PETA believes that there is still more to be done before these animals are safe and healthy.

We demand that you take action to protect these animals and punish those who participate in animal cruelty.


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  1. Horrible conditions and abuse! Stop torturing the animals and provide basic care! Better yet, get off your lazy arse and walk and do the work yourself!

  2. Rita McNany says:

    Petra is supposed to be a sacred place and this is how these gentle animals are treated? This is totally disgusting! Animals are suffering here and that is unacceptable! All animals deserve compassion!!!

  3. This abuse can be stopped right now, tourists stop paying these idiots to ride a tortured animal and they will disappear.

  4. People…..stay away from PETRA JORDAN….a lot of animal abuse goes on in that city all for the almighty dollar….until they start treating the animals humanely,and with the respect that they deserve,do NOT patronize that city.

  5. Jaime Perez says:

    Yes, a good way to stop abuse of these animals is to stay away from places like this. Stop funding them. There is no excuse for this kind of treatment to innocent animals for profit.

  6. The eygptian people are heartless & cruel…they don’t care at all about animals so the tourists need to stand up & be heard. Stop allowing this abuse, stop riding these poor, poor creatures.

  7. Nooshin Perla says:

    Petra Jordan, Gee what else do you expect from them. These people have no brain, if they did, they would not be living like this. LAZY, no education no heart and no compassion. Sorry to say I do not feel sorry for them at all, but I am crying for those innocent and loving animals. Please we need to help them!!

  8. Barton Dixon says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi
    “If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals.” Albert Einstein
    “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Authur Schopenhauer
    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” St. Francis of Assisi

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗️😠

  10. Boycott!

  11. Stop now you cruel bastards .

  12. Tourists should be ashamed! No demand, no suffering of animals!
    If tourists need to be carried then carry them in special made Pharaoh chairs by 2 strong males.

  13. absolutely disgusting and heartless

  14. Steffi Wieland Steffi Wieland says:

    Every animal belongs to LIBERTY. >>>animals are not ours ..
    Go vegan and leave animals in peace.

  15. lynn woods says:

    get these animals away from these subhumans make them do their own work why are they allowed to do this to these gentle beautiful animals

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