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Egyptian Protests, No Tourists, Horses Starving to Death

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  • Egyptian Protests, No Tourists, Horses Starving to Death

    Warning: Very graphic images in the article.


    These harrowing pictures show the sad plight of dozens of Egyptian horses that have starved to death.

    The animals rely on food from tourists to survive but visitors to Egypt have dwindled since protests started 15 days ago .

    Skeletal corpses are now scattered around dusty land in Nazlet Al-Saman, about 25 kilometres from Cairo where protests continued today.

    Flies and other scavengers feast on the dead horses that have perished since ant-government demonstrations started in Tahrir Square.

    One horse collapsed on the floor with a rope that tethered it to a nearby tree still tied around its neck.

    Other beasts that have survived the food shortage stand weakly in the heat as their bones poke through their coats.

    But without scraps of food from sightseers or the money that their owners need to buy food they too are likely to suffer agonising deaths.

    The horses are used to take tourists on sight-seeing trips around the region.
    Last edited by Mike Matson; Feb. 9, 2011, 08:16 PM.
    "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier

  • #2
    I agree with one of the article comments- many of these horses were neglected before the protests so it's really not surprising that they are still dying...

    I had a family member who went to Egypt a couple years ago. Although she's not a horse owner, she does know a bit about horses. She declined to go on a horse back tour because the horses looked too thin and was a little ticked at the tourist agency promoting the tours because she was paying a premium to ride horses when it was obvious that the agency was paying a pitance of $$ to the actual horses and horseman. Animal care is not much of a concern in such countries- especially when human care is not much better.

    It is sad.


    • #3
      That sort of condition did not develop in 15 days.

      While I can imagine the lack of tourism has exacerbated the situation, it's not like most (at least non-Arabian horses, from what I understand) were not starving prior. Treatment of horses in stables over there is not the greatest, from what I hear (a friend was working in an Egyptian stables the last couple of months and into the time of the protests and curfews) - bones and bodies are scattered all over the desert. The mentality there is very different from here.

      Furthermore, these people cannot even afford to feed themselves, let alone their horses. My ex was over there also at the time of the protests (and you can bet he was in the middle of it *roll eyes*) and understood that locals involved in the protests were chanting for bread. Bread. I doubt the first thing on their minds is feeding their horses when they are chanting for basic essentials.
      ....horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
      ~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.


      • #4
        The good old Daily Mail, scaring up the masses...

        Those horses did not die as a result of the recent protests and upheaval.

        The Mubarak regime has been ignoring the needs of the people for a long, long time. Wages are low, unemployment is high, food prices have increased, there is little opportunity even for college graduates. This is why the protests are happening; this is why Mubarak has to go.

        There are some good organizations in Egypt that provide no- or low-cost equine care, like the Brooke Hospital.


        • #5
          Originally posted by naturalequus View Post
          That sort of condition did not develop in 15 days.
          These horses were already starving to death slowly. Now maybe they're starving a bit faster, but that's not some new tragedy, it's merely a continuation of what's already been happening when no newspapers were paying attention to it then.

          The Egyptian people are fighting for their rights, and many are willing to sacrifice their own lives to that cause. The plight of the horses will never get better if the people have no rights and can't support themselves, so frankly even if a few more horses starve a bit faster than they normally would have, in the end the protests are a good thing.
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          • #6
            Agree with the other posters...this is not a direct result of the protests, and to present it as such is misleading. And the horses starving is sad, but looking at the living conditions of the owners is terrible. I feel for the animals in these situations, but I can't blame their owners. It's not like someone living high on the hog and starving their animals at the same time. The people are suffering and they rely on their animals to survive, tragic all around.

            And the Daily Mail is such a rag, I didn't even click over there. I don't trust a thing they print.
            exploring the relationship between horse and human


            • #7
              Agreed that they were starving before the protests. One thing did stand out to me though, there did not seem to be any water available for the horses either? I'm sure they would die rather fast in the desert with no water.


              • #8
                I would like to donate to the Brooke Hospital. Does anyone know anything about them from personal experience. Is there anything to be done at this time? and please don't anyone criticize me for thinking of horses at a time like this, believe me, I am thinking more about the poor people over there.


                • Original Poster

                  Here's a link to The Brooke website:

                  "No matter how well you perform there's always somebody of intelligent opinion who thinks it's lousy." - Laurence Olivier