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Egypt celebrates World Animal Day

The Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE) held it’s World Animal Day conference on Friday 5th October. The opening speech was given by Mrs Amina Tharwat Abaza, Founder and President of SPARE and a World Animal Day Ambassador. 

The event was attended by many leading figures including intellectuals, media professionals, artists and celebrities who were shown videos documenting atrocious practices committed by camel herders and beef producers. After the film, some of the guests gave speeches about what they had seen and vowed to speak up for Egypt’s animals and remind those in power of their responsibilities.

Media article regarding event – English 

https://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/1332442 – Arabic

As Gandhi once said: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Amina used this opporunity to tell the gathering that she has been presented with a lifetime achievement award by PETA. Well done Amina – the award is well deserved. 

Just in Time for World Animal Day, Founder of Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt Honored for Helping Donkeys, Dogs, and Others
Cairo – A Lifetime Achievement Award is on its way from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to Amina Abaza, founder and president of the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (S.P.A.R.E.), for her dedication to advancing animal protection in Egypt and around the world. The award comes just ahead of World Animal Day (October 4), when she’ll deliver a speech at an event organized by S.P.A.R.E. at the Hilton Zamalek hotel calling on modern Egyptian society to emulate the ancient Egyptians in their respectful—and kind—treatment of animals. 
“Animals in need have a courageous, compassionate, impactful ally in Amina Abaza,” says PETA Senior Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker. “PETA is thrilled to honor her for all that she has achieved so far, and we look forward to standing beside her as she continues to blaze a better trail for animals.”
In addition to speaking up for animals on various animal rights issues, Abaza’s work in behalf of animals includes campaigning for Egyptian lawmakers to include animal welfare in the Egyptian constitution, calling for a end to the live import of sheep from Australia into Egypt, acting as Egypt’s ambassador for World Animal Day, and working with media and government officials in Jordan to raise awareness of PETA’s investigatin revealing the systemic abuse of donkeys in Petra. In addition, S.P.A.R.E. campaigns for companion animals to be spayed or neutered, and it operates a veterinary clinic and a mobile clinic. She has used her high profile to pave the way for animal rights in Egypt by empowering others to speak up for animals and changing the way in which many in the country view dogs and other animals.
Media article regarding announcement – Arabic

Here is one of several media articles about this wonderfully inspiring celebration of World Animal Day that took place in Egypt [Arabic]

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/25577.aspx  [English]

To mark World Animal Day 2018:

I visited a camel market in Egypt and witnessed camels being beatten and abused. I tried to stop them but the abuse continued. I saw a baby camel who was crying – I bought him and took him to our Animal Sanctuary in Sakkara.  It was then that I decided to launch a campaign to save these camels. This story was covered by the media.

I shared video footage of animal abuse in abattoirs. This year SPARE will work to improve the treatment of animals in abattoirs, for a better treatment to animals in Abattoirs with a particular focus on persuading the Grand Mufti of Egypt to agree that animals should be stunned or even anaesthatized before slaughtering.

I worked with PETA to stop donkeys abuse in Petra and promoted their video about this issue.

I decided to start helping not only dogs and cats, but also wild animals, farm animals and camels.

I bought many turtles and asked my colleague and Egyptian Ambassador for World Animal Day, Mau Hamada, to release them in their natural Habitat.

I was also interviewed on a Jordanian TV Channel about a letter I wrote to the Jordanian Minister of Tourism about donkeys in Petra .


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