VICTORY! Travel Companies Take Action for Suffering Camels at Giza

Published by PETA Staff.
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After hearing from PETA, these travel companies agreed not to promote abusive animal rides at the Giza pyramids, putting additional pressure on the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to remove them from the site. This would protect countless camels and horses from being beaten, abused, and forced to haul or carry visitors in the blistering heat without access to food, water, or shade.

These Travel Companies Vowed Not to Offer Camel Rides at Giza

AdventureWomen

Named one of the “15 Best Tour Operators” in 2022 by Travel + Leisure, AdventureWomen has joined the growing list of travel companies dropping camel rides at the Giza pyramids in Egypt. After hearing from PETA about the cruelty that camels face, it is removing all references to camel rides at the pyramids from its tours and has confirmed that it will no longer promote them going forward.

Geographic Expeditions

Camel rides won’t be a part of planned group trips to the Giza pyramids through this award-winning travel company moving forward. After PETA shared video footage of handlers hitting camels with sticks, Geographic Expeditions removed imagery that included animal rides at the pyramids from its website and committed to reviewing its marketing materials to ensure that it doesn’t actively promote camel rides at the site to clients.

Virtuoso

This U.S.-based company has joined many others by removing horse and camel rides at the Giza pyramids in Egypt from its website and committing to not offering them in the future. In addition, it shared PETA Asia’s investigation with all affected companies that it partners with. Its reach includes over 2,200 hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more.

Abercrombie & Kent USA

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent USA will no longer promote or offer camel rides at the Giza site. The company also removed promotional materials containing camel rides at the pyramids from its website.

Grand Circle Corporation

Grand Circle Corporation is discontinuing its camel ride offerings at the Giza pyramids. The decision came after the company heard from PETA about the abuse that camels endure there.

Scott Dunn

This award-winning luxury tour operator with offices in London, San Diego, and Singapore suspended the promotion and sale of all camel rides in Egypt. It’s in the process of removing camel rides from its offerings for all destinations worldwide.

TCS World Travel

The most-awarded jet expedition company in the world removed from its website all references to animal rides at the pyramids of Giza. Not only did it vow not to promote or offer them again, it also pledged to educate clients on the issue.

Wilderness Travel

This travel company that’s consistently named one of the “World’s Top Tour Operators” by Travel & Leisure readers confirmed that it doesn’t proactively offer camel rides at the pyramids of Giza, nor does it promote or offer them in its travel literature.

Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group has more than 7,000 company-owned, -franchised, and -affiliated travel agencies in Canada, Mexico, the U.K., the U.S., and other countries. More than 52,000 travel agents worldwide are part of this organization, which pledged to “avoid using any images which promote or expose animal rides at the pyramids to travelers.”

Tauck

This family-owned business that offers over 150 different all-inclusive, guided journeys to more than 70 countries and all seven continents agreed not to sell tickets for animal rides at the pyramids of Giza and to remove camel rides from its marketing materials.

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We hope to see more travel companies join this growing list soon, and you can make changes to help animals, too! Never participate in tourism that involves animals—including camel rides and horse-drawn carriage rides—even if the operator promises that the animals aren’t harmed. Never feel bad about asserting yourself and explaining that you won’t participate in any activity that exploits animals. Stand firm and know that you’re doing the right thing. When you raise your voice for animals on a tour, others may choose to skip the cruelty as well.

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