An international taskforce coordinated by global equine welfare charity the Brooke has launched a new responsible tourism campaign at Petra, the UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ‘Care for Petra’ campaign aims to improve tourist attitudes and behaviour towards working animals, working children and the historic monuments of Petra in Jordan, where injured or weak donkeys and horses are used to transport tourists around the site.
The campaign provides advice for tourists on ways to prevent animal suffering in the Park and encourages visitors to enjoy the monuments on foot instead wherever possible.
Very young children work on the site selling souvenirs and offering donkey rides. The awareness campaign asks visitors not to buy items from children or give them money, as this encourages them to stay out of school.
To learn more about the campaign and the Brooke’s work in general visit www.thebrooke.org.