The campaign's vision for the future of Animal Welfare in Petra
Until now many visitors to the archaeological site may not have been aware of some of the animal welfare issues within the park, what has been achieved to date (thanks to the efforts of the local authorities and organisations), and what can still be achieved.
By increasing tourist awareness on animal welfare issues through the campaign we hope to see changes in the behaviours, attitudes and practices of tourists and animal handlers towards the working horses, donkeys and mules within the park. The campaign is not about creating any type of conflict, but instead focuses on inducing a positive influence and encouragement and, where relevant, respectful communication between tourists and those working in the park. As a result we ultimately hope to achieve sustainable animal welfare improvements.
Our vision for animal welfare in Petra is one where animals are free from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain, injury, disease, fear or distress and are able to express their natural behaviors.
Every visitor and all those working in the park have a key role to play to ensure Petra is a site of responsible tourism and no longer a holiday destination where tourist experience results in the suffering of animals. Our aim is that Petra becomes a global model for responsible tourism and a good environment for working animals. This can only be achieved through the collective action of tourists and animal handlers, understanding the remaining challenges, and providing clear recommendations for actions which can be taken to address these challenges.
By making the right choices visitors can have a positive impact directly, and alongside the communities working in the park, to improve the welfare of working animals. This is achieved through the alleviation of existing suffering and the development of positive animal welfare practices and facilities to prevent and reduce suffering in the future, ensuring animals are healthy and happy for generations to come.