Petra’s Mechanization Project
July 22, 2021
As PETA’s clinic in Petra, Jordan, gives much-needed medical attention to the many animals forced to carry tourists around the Petra Archaeological Site, we now have great news regarding the root causes of their abuse.
PETA made the pathway to progress clear from the start by putting pressure on the Jordanian government to replace the involuntarily working—and, consequently, suffering—animals there with motorized carts.
Thanks to PETA’s dedication, the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority will launch a fleet of 20 eco-friendly electric vehicles to replace the horse-drawn carriages that ferry tourists around the UNESCO World Heritage Site!
This victory signifies tremendous progress and is an important step toward a sustainable solution—but it also serves as a reminder that there’s still a lot of work to do. Other horses, mules, and donkeys are still forced to climb up and down the 900 crumbling stone steps to the monastery with tourists on their backs multiple times a day under the scorching sun and without rest.
PETA is urging officials in Jordan to end the use of animals completely and instead exclusively use modern vehicles in Petra to transport tourists.