The Pushkar Camel Fair is an annual five day event in India which can involve around 30,000 camels, their owners and other livestock. It has also become a tourist attraction due to its scale and activities including camel dancing, ‘bridal’ events and so on.
As a livestock fair and on such a huge scale, there are bound to be some animal welfare concerns. This blog by Photography for a Compassionate World features photographs of sick and injured camels:
The condition of almost every one of these gracious camels is horrible but even more troubling is the endless stream of jolly tourists seemingly unaware of the suffering around them. I was stunned at the hordes of people not even noticing the conditions the animals. All of whom were anxiously awaiting their turn to hand over their money, get their camel ride and financially support this abuse.
Have you been to the Pushkar Camel Fair? Is the condition of the animals acceptable considering the numbers attending? Please contact us with your views.