Camels, Horses and Animal Abuse, Oh My!: the plight of animals during the Egyptian conflict.

8 Feb

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. –Mahatma Gandhi

Other than the pyramids, camel-rides are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt, but the camels used commercially are treated worse than those used for private agricultural purposes. The people of Egypt work their camels, horses and donkeys to death and beat them when they don’t follow their commands. If what Gandhi said holds true, Egypt, as a nation, is regressing. Activists based in Cairo, aim to protect these animals.   


These images provide a look at the heinous treatment the horses and camels that were paraded into Cairo, the heart of the protests, received.  The protestors in Egypt are not the only ones affected by their hostile behavior.  The animals are being forced into the violent chaos, leaving them vulnerable and helpless.  On February 2nd, Mubarak supporters flooded into Cairo on the backs of horses and camels.  The animals were used in an attempt to trample anti-government rioters.  Gasoline bombs and water cannons were utilized during the protests.  The rioters also threw rocks, fists and bottles.  The animals are being subjected to these deplorable conditions without any means of protecting themselves.    

The following video is disturbing, watch at your own risk.

Another issue the animals are facing in Egypt is abandonment.  The United States is helping to evacuate people, but they are forcing the refugees to leave their domesticated four-legged family members in Egypt.  This is forcing the owners to make the tough decision, whether to remain in Egypt or leave their beloved animals to fend for themselves.  Peta has set up a campaign to urge the U.S. Department of State to allow the animals to be evacuated.


2 Responses to “Camels, Horses and Animal Abuse, Oh My!: the plight of animals during the Egyptian conflict.”

  1. stevelaveen February 21, 2011 at 12:11 AM #

    links to any other parts of the world?

  2. lgsproffery May 14, 2011 at 1:13 AM #

    Cailin, I think you have to go back and make the edits we discussed in class — less editorializing; more facts that make your case for you. Also, be sure to check for small errors — your/you’re, etc.

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