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Petra's Working Horses

The ruins of Petra in Jordan are visited by over half a million people each year and mark Jordan’s most important tourist attraction. And while many marvel at the beauty of the Rose City, the animal abuse happening here is often ignored.

Horses play a major role in the exploitation of the tourist site. To make the visit more comfortable, many tourists rely on the readily available horses to get around the vast site. Not unlike carriage horses, these horses are often overworked, underfed and generally in a bad state. Working in 30-degree heat with ill-fitting saddles and bridles, many of the horses suffer from chafing wounds, lameness and colic.

In collaboration with the Princess Alia Foundation and the Petra Development and Tourist Agency (PDTRA), FOUR PAWS launched a project in Petra in 2015. This collaboration implemented several measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the horses.

  • Ongoing workshops on nutrition, proper shoeing and veterinary care for the owners and veterinarians on site.
  • Stables were built to offer the often overworked horses a shady resting place.
  • Handlers were offered cheaper and well-fitting saddles for all horses.
  • A water diversion system was built to prevent flash floods.

Donate today to support the continuous efforts by the FOUR PAWS team in Petra and to ensure humane working conditions for the horses.


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