SEBASTIAN USHER: ‘Animal rights group Peta has launched an international campaign to try to end the mistreatment of working animals in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Peta says donkeys, horses and camels are beaten and forced to carry visitors in extreme heat without shade or water.
Donkeys haul tourists up 900 steep and eroded steps to the Monastery, a monument miraculously built out of rock on the mountainside. Horses, mules and camels carry tourists to the city and through it – some pulling carriages and carts – enduring beatings and lack of food and water as they do so.
Jordanian organisations and their international partners have tried to improve their conditions at the Unesco World Heritage site. But Peta says nowhere near enough has been done. Last year, it amassed video and photographic evidence of cruelty to animals there, which showed deep wounds on many of the animals from chains and ropes tied around them’. SOURCE…