Egypt: TNR for dogs and cats in Sharm El Sheikh



By Ahmed El Sherbiny,

Chairperson of ESAF

Cairo, Egypt


ESAF (the Egyptian Society for Animal Friends), working together with Vier Pfoten, the international animal organization based in Austria, Hauza Beach Resort, Sharm Safari Park, and Sharm Action for Animals are conducting a TNR program in Sharm El Sheikh that will run from November 29 through December 13, 2014.


The South Sinai Governor and the Sharm El Sheikh City Council are supporting this project.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to Vier Pfoten, Hauza Beach Resort, and Sharm Safari Park for their financial contribution, and to the SAFA group, particularly Diane Clement, Sally, and Roswitha for their efforts.


ESAF hopes to initiate more TNR projects in other governates in Egypt.



Photos: Courtesy of ESAF


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Egypt: Carrots and extra care for camels and horses





On Sunday, August 3, ESAF, the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends resumed their feeding program for the Pyramids animals, which they’ve been conducting for several years now.


The animals fed and given vet care during the month of August numbered around 1,600 horses. They went five times a week in August.


Since the program for this year started in February, they’ve fed and cared for 1,943 animals in February; 3,157 in March, 3,211 in April, in May and June, a total of 4,800 animals, in July 110 animals. The total so far in 2014 is 13,381 animals. These are horses, donkeys and camels, normally used to give rides to tourists visiting the Pyramids.


Because of civil unrest in Egypt over the past few years, there’s been a sharp decline in tourism, and, due to lack of revenue, the animals owners haven’t been able to adequately care for them, so ESAF has stepped in to help.


Ahmed El Sherbiny, Chairperson of ESAF, writes that the animals seem tired during August, having had to work longer hours during Ramadan. Despite this, they have generally observed an improvement in the animals’ condition over the course of the year.


They also handed out nose bands, fly masks, and educational brochures, as well as treating the animals’ hooves and teeth.


On May first, they added carrots to their diet, which provides more nutrition and is also a much-appreciated treat.


Tourism is still down, but there are signs of a possible turn for the better.


Soon, they’ll be altering the schedule to do twice weekly feeding for the Pyramids animals, and will be operating clinics two to three times a week to care for animals in the neighborhood near the ESAF shelter, where they have been much missed over the past couple of years during the time that ESAF has focused on the Pyramids area.


ESAF expresses their heartfelt thanks to SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, Sue Evans and her UK group, and Mr. Richard Gabriel for their generous support of this project.


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 Photo: Courtesy of ESAF

EGYPT: Animal welfare leaders call on government for change



Thanks to Ahmed El Sherbiny for his report on the May 15, 2014 workshop held to propose changes to Egypt’s animal welfare law.


On Thursday, May 15, 2014, EFAW, the Egyptian Federation for Animal Welfare, in association with GOVS, the Egyptian Organization of Veterinary Services, held a workshop on proposed animal welfare legislation, based on Article 45 of the new Egyptian Constitution.


The workshop, held at the Environment Culture Centre at the Giza Zoo was attended by many with an interest in Egyptian animals, including Dr. Nadia Zakhari, the ex-Minister of Academic Research, and representatives from GOVS, the Water and Environment Police, the Giza Zoo, The Egyptian Bar Association, and EFAW, as well as judges, law professors, other university professors, and individual animal advocates.


A lively discussion took place related to the existing legislation, and ministerial decrees related to animals.


Agreement was reached to call on the Prime Minister to


One) Immediately stop the use of the poison strychnine as a form of animal control and to implement TNR programs instead.


Two) To organize a dialogue among animal groups and animal advocates with regard to proposed veterinary legislation.


Three) Establish a specific District Attorney Department to handle any cruelty cases related to animal welfare.


Four) Enact specified animal welfare legislation, based on article 45 of the Egyptian Constitution.


Five) Amend article 357 of the Penal Law in include jail time only, and delete the option of a fine.


Six) Apply the existing agriculture law No 53/1966 to include pet shops.


The workshop participants expressed their thanks to the Water and Environment Police and the Giza Zoo for their prompt response in wildlife cruelty issues.


A committee was formed to follow up the resolutions with government officials, consisting of

Judge Hany A Halim, Cairo Criminal Court

Professor Samir Shehata, Faculty of Law Ain Shams University

Mr. Tharwat Atallah, board member of the Egyptian Bar Association

Mr. Ahmed El Sherbiny ESAF and EFAW chairperson.


Photo: Courtesy of EFAW



Egypt: Feeding the Pyramids animals

Feeding horses near the Pyramids.
Feeding horses near the Pyramids.



ESAF (the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) continues their program of feeding and treating the Pyramids animals. These are horses, camels, and donkeys who would normally be giving rides to tourists – perhaps not a great life for the animals at the best of times. But during the times of unrest in Egypt, since 2011, when there have been almost no tourists, life has been tough for the owners, who often have no income and no way to care for their animals.


ESAF and other Egyptian animal groups have been stepping in to provide food and veterinary assistance to the animals.


A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.
A donkey gets a fly mask and a treat.


The camels, donkeys, and horses all need help. The camels tend to fare a bit better in difficult times since they are hardy desert animals, as are the donkeys; so it is especially the horses who need extra feeding and care.


ESAF has expanded their work to more areas to reach more animals. The total number of animals fed and treated from February 1 through April 30 was 8,311.


A horse being fitted with a fly mask.
A horse being fitted with a fly mask.


The working animals need on-going vet care – attention to their hooves and teeth, and care for wounds caused by saddles and by wire nose bands. The ESAF vets care for the horses and donkeys, fitting them with fly masks to keep the flies away and with soft nose bands to replace the wire ones.


Beginning May 1, they added carrots and clover to give the animals more nutrition – which is a tasty treat too, welcomed by the animals.


A vet examining a horse.
A vet examining a horse.


Ahmed El Sherbiny, Chairperson of ESAF, EFAW, and MENAW writes, “The tourism business is still almost nonexistent, but we hope it will be improved after the presidential election, May 26-27, and the parliament election too by the end of August… Many thanks to SPANA, Animal Aid Abroad, Sue Evans and her UK group, and Mr. Richard Gabriel for their generous contributions to support this important project.”


Thanks to ESAF for faithfully feeding and giving vet care to the Pyramids animals.


Photos: Courtesy of ESAF


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EGYPT: Students spend Sunday with Pyramids horses

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Students from the Cairo American College arrived on Sunday March 24 at ESAF’s Shabramont Shelter (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) to volunteer as part of the college’s “week without walls” program.


Several students joined the weekly mobile clinic for the horses in the Pyramids area, handing out food and providing care to 75 horses —  treating wounds, deworming, and assisting with dental care.


Some of the students stayed behind at the shelter to watch the presentation “Alternatives to Animals in Experiments and Education”, part of ESAF’s program to promote alternatives to animal testing.


Returning from the Pyramids clinic, the students devoted the rest of the day to doing some painting and maintenance work, along with grooming and playing with the animals.


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That evening, the ESAF vet and the GIZA Veterinary Department continued their work inspecting GIZA pet shops. During recent inspections, they found exotic animals being kept illegally.  Following their report to the Director of the GIZA Veterinary Department, action was taken regarding the exotic animals.


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 Photos: © ESAF

Egypt: Workshop promotes alternatives to animal testing

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By ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends)

This is an excerpt from ESAF’s report on the workshop.


The Second Egyptian Seminar on Alternatives to Animal Experiments in Education and Training was organized by ESAF (the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) in association with the Biological and Geological Departments of the Faculty of Education at Ain Shams University.


The workshop brought together teachers, students, researchers, representatives of the General Organization of Veterinary Services, animal activists,  campaigning organizations, media, and others to promote and help implement replacement alternatives across Egypt.


These were some of the topics covered:

Animal Care in Arabic culture

Alternatives to Animal Dissection

The Role of Civil Societies and Media in Animal Care

The Role of Curricula in Developing Awareness about Endangered Animals

The Use of Cells and Tissue Cultures as Alternatives to Animal Experiments


The Psychological, Educational, and Scientific Impact of Using Alternatives to Animal Experiments by Students

Legislation for Animal Care in Egyptian Law


There were lively discussions and debates, as one would expect (and hope for) at such a workshop.  It was wonderful to see so many young people so actively involved…



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Photo: Courtesy of ESAF


Egypt: Pet shop campaign underway

The pet shop campaign being conducted by ESAF and the Giza Vet Department is well underway. On October 8 and 15, 2012, they visited three pet shops in Omrania and two pet shops in 6th of October City.

ESAF vets Dr. Moh Gomaily and Dr. Moh A. A. Hay, and Giza vet Dr. Hisham inspected the pet shops,  talking with pet shop managers and owners and offering tips on ways to improve ventilation and let in more fresh air, keep everything clean and tidy, and keep a good eye on the health of the animals.

They handed out fliers and posters that highlighted animal care and safety, encouraged rabies vaccinations, and warned against wild animal trafficking.

Just in case some of the animals might be in urgent need of care, they had brought along an emergency medical bag, but fortunately, it was not needed.

ESAF and officials are working to set up a system for the government to more closely monitor pet shops; it would require licensing and regular inspections.

Photo: Courtesy of ESAF

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Egypt: ESAF launches their Pet Shop Campaign


An ESAF vet feeding one of the Pyramids horses.




Dr.Mohammed Abd-Elhay writes that the Egyptian Society of Animal Friends (ESAF) has launched a Pet Shop Campaign with the goal of reaching every pet shop in Giza, the city that lies next to Cairo.


They will do an assessment of the pet shop conditions, which generally need a lot of improvement, and while they are there, they will show the pet shop managers and staff how to improve their care of the animals.  In educating the staff, they’ll need to be as diplomatic as possible, making friends along the way, so that the animals will benefit from kinder, more knowledgeable treatment.


During the pet shop visits, they’ll also be offering free treatment for any sick animals.


While certainly there need to be strong laws against animal cruelty, and effective law enforcement,  there’s more than one tool in a toolbox, and legislation is not the only way to bring about better care for pet shop animals.


And yes, we know that it would be far better if animals were adopted, rather than sold,  but to be effective as animal advocates, we must start with the circumstances as we find them, not as we wish them to be, and circumstances vary from one country and culture to another, so being adaptable, seeing what works well, and what is a good starting point is a practical strategy.


In a great many cases, where mistreatment may be caused by simple ignorance, a few straightforward instructions, guidelines, and setting a good example of kindness and caring, can go along way towards improving the care of animals.


Congratulations to ESAF for this tremendously positive approach – which introduces pet shop staff and management to the concept that animals deserve excellent care.


As the ESAF team visits every pet shop in Giza, they will be putting together a database, to serve as a basis for future plans and long-term efforts to improve the lot of pets in Giza.


Photo:  Courtesy of ESAF / This, of course, is not a pet, but a working horse.  One of the ESAF vets is feeding carrots to a horse that is part of the ESAF Pyramids Project.


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ESAF vets provide care for 107 Pyramids horses and camels

A boy with one of the Pyramids horses.


In June, ESAF conducted 7 separate mobile clinics at the pyramids area – providing shots for internal and external parasites and treating all kinds of common injuries and diseases for the working horses and camels. The clinics also provided feeding for the most urgent cases.

One of the vets feeding a carriage horse.

The animal owners have always been so grateful to see us back in the area, especially the camel owners who have nobody else to rely on. Now they can’t feel they are left alone in the middle of the crisis, and there is someone to take care of them and their animals.

Camels having dinner.

This month some of our vets experienced the work at the Pyramids area for the first time. Some volunteers and trainee vets also enjoyed being part of such an inspiring experience, and, of course, owners volunteered to work as vet assistants at times, grateful for the help and the awareness tips they were given.

A horse is given a shot.

ESAF has always been committed to the working animals at the Pyramids, and we are doing our best to continue the long term project for the area.

A young boy with one of his family’s camels.

Total number of animals treated in June:  72 Horses and 35 Camels.

A horse gets a shot.

Total number of animals fed in June:  40 Horses and 17 Camels.

Also a big thank you to Aida at Digla Animal Rescue for her donation of the nose bands for the working animals.  These soft nosebands replace the uncomfortable wires previously in use.

Very special thanks to all our donors and to ESAF vets Dr. Moh A Al Hay, Dr. Moh Ossama, Dr. Marwa Rabah and Dr. Moh Gomaily for their hard work and dedication to helping the Pyramids camels and horses.

Photos: Courtesy of ESAF

Dentals for horses on the shores of the Red Sea

ESAF (The Egyptian Society of Animal Friends) has been helping the horses at Hourgada, a port on the Red Sea.

Responding to a request from Continental Rescue and Rehab, Dr. Mohammed Abd-ElHay and Dr. Mohamed Osama traveled to Hurghada on Saturday, May 12, to spend the next three days doing dentals for the horses, as well as treating cases of colic.

Horses’ teeth just keep growing throughout their lives, so they really need dentals to file them down, so the teeth are even, with no sharp spurs.

A good dental can give a horse a whole new lease on life. Continental Rescue and Rehab was delighted to see some of their rescued horses feeling a lot brighter and friskier.

During the tumultuous days of the past year in Cairo, when there have been few tourists to provide a livelihood for the Pyramids animals, whose job in normal times is to give rides to the tourists, ESAF ran an ongoing program of feeding and vet care for the Pyramids horses, camels, and donkeys, to tide them over until the tourists return.

Thanks to ESAF for taking such good care of Egyptian equines.

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Photo: Courtesy of ESAF