Egypt: New Team, new Strategy – Caretaker Survey Launched at Birqash Camel Market

Camel with bloody Wound at Birqash Camel Market, Egypt

The camel market in Birqash near Cairo is marked by extreme violence against the animals, chaos and hectic activity. Our work at the market is extremely difficult. Getting the traders and workers to listen is a challenge and convincing them to treat the animals better is a long way. We cannot hope for support from the authorities and animal protection laws do not exist.

That is why we had to come up with a new strategy together with our new team at market. We want to win the trust of the people there and at the same time find out more about their daily work with the animals and what they understand under animal welfare. Together with a professor for behavioral research, we have created a caretaker survey that has started mid-December.

It will be a balancing act for our new team on the ground, because while they try to win the trust of the workers and traders, they are constantly confronted with the unbearable violence against the camels.  On Friday, they sent a photo of Taban, a camel-bull who had been severely beaten for walking in the wrong direction. Our first goal is to finally put an end to this brute force. Therefore, we are with there the camels at the market in Birqash.