Lameness Is Common Among Animals Forced to Work

July 23, 2021

The hard ground around Petra, Jordan, makes lameness—caused by tendon inflammation—one of the more commonly seen ailments at PETA’s clinic there. This problem is exacerbated when donkeys are forced to carry tourists up and down the crumbling stone steps to the monastery.

The clinic works to inform animals’ handlers of this ailment and the symptoms to look out for, so as soon as a local resident named Jumaa noticed lameness in his sweet donkey, Qamis, he brought him in for care.

Jumaa stands with donkey Qamis after bringing him into the clinic to be treated for lameness.

The clinic’s veterinary staff treated Qamis with an anti-inflammatory injection as well as oral medication, and Jumaa agreed to rest him for at least a week.