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Updates on cat massacre in #Egypt #نادي_الجزيرة

Excuse me for this short post since I’m posting from mobile and there’s a power cut (long live Egypt!)
Since this post, these has been a lot going on. We went to the protest (more pics later) which took place last Tuesday and all went well.

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Another old post confirming their practices against strays

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The newspapers wrote about it as well but the management is still denying (yet confirming) the massacre. Here, they mentioned that they “got rid” of the cats because they “attack children”.
Most of the people I’ve met in the protest said that those cats were very friendly and they always fed them and never faced such issues.
I suppose having poisoned treats lying around for children to eat is not as dangerous as a few scratches from a probably scared cat being bullied by unattended children.

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The latest update is that GSC is currently dealing with a (and I quote) “animal rescue shelter owner” named Amina Abaza who offered to mercy kill the cats found. Mercy killing… I have nothing to say.. really.
Screen shots of thread on ESMA’s group:

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Solutions provided by members

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According to some comments, Amina is very persistent and the more people object to her methods,  the more stubborn she gets. She also follows that same “merciful” method with animals in her shelter.. the older they get, the sooner they go.

I’ve heard of more animal killings happening:
220 stray dogs murdered in Islmaeliya (bear in mind, this is REGULAR news.. no cry for help) another link

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a body of what appears to be a lion was found somewhere in the dumpster in Menya (some people say it’s a dog, trying to validate the news since rumors cyrcle more than air around here)

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Those are the living conditions of animals in Egypt:

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This seems to be getting out of control.. again.. and I’m afraid it will fizzle down like the previous times. I’ve sent an email to PETA about the massacre and this was their response:

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We basically need people from outside Egypt to contact PETA and pressure the government here. If you’re outside of Egypt, please drop an email to CIDinfo@peta.org or AshleyF@petaasiapacific.com
Please help us pressure the government to have some mercy. It’s enough that people are already getting detained and killed over absolute bullshit in here. Let the animals live in peace if you can’t help the people for starts.

Please do contact PETA or anyone you think can help the animals in Egypt. Enough is enough. Strays, zoo animals, pets, shelter animals: they are suffering tremendously. Please help.

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Please sign and share this petition #animalrights #Egypt #نادي_الجزيرة #احتجاج_على_مجازر_نادى_الجزيرة

Regarding yesterday’s killing of stray cats in El Gizera Sports Club, we have created a petition addressing the prime minister of Egypt, the minister of agriculture and minister of justice to bring those in charge to justice and establish better animal welfare laws in Egypt.

Click to sign the petition

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GRAPHIC: El Gizera club management butchers animals! #Egypt #نادي_الجزيرة #احتجاج_على_مجازر_نادى_الجزيرة

I woke up to the news of a massacre today and since we’re in Egypt, I know I can expect anything but a cat massacre!? Well, I expected that too.

Animal rights? Please. Give us human rights first and let’s discuss those little shits!

Almost a year after this bullshit audition took place and we’re still facing similar crap. But this time, it’s officially a public demand. The number of times I’ve heard about stray cats and dogs getting poisoned in various parts of Cairo ALONE made me certain that there’s no hope for animal rights around here except for those few marvelous people who really try their best to make something happen.. even pushing for a law which was adopted in the latest referendum.

I quote Article (45):

The State shall protect its seas, shores, lakes, waterways and natural protectorates.
Trespassing, polluting or misusing any of them is prohibited. Every citizen is guaranteed the
right of enjoying them. The State shall protect and develop the green space in the urban areas;
preserve plant, animal and fish resources and protect those under the threat of extinction or
danger; guarantee humane treatment of animals, all according to the law.

The funny thing is that while searching for laws of animal rights in Egypt, I got this link on Wikipedia and Egypt is listed first.. AGAINST animal cruelty.. LOL.. yeah…

Dear Wiki people: you’ve got punk’d. You might as well delete that shit from your website. Does. Not. Exist.

Here’s an example:

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Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: El Gizera club massacre.

 

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Beaten, chocked in sacks, bludgeoned to death, poisoned, dropped in garbage bins, you name it.

The management of El Gizera club decided that it’s a brilliant idea to hire some thugs to “take care of the business”.. and they did it so shamelessly that people actually caught them in the act! It’s THAT simple and easy in Egypt. Stray cats and dogs? Kill ’em. And make sure you hire anyone to do it because we hate those varmints but we won’t get out hands dirty.

It’s obviously a recurring concern as this post on ESMA suggests:

Click for link to ESMA page

Click for link to ESMA page

Or this Yahoo group discussion from 2009!

I quote:

Dear All
This is the situation:
Since a year, since last TNR project conducted by coalition of organiztions (a year and a half ago), The Management of the club called various AW societies to do something about the increasing cat/dog population in the club.
Last year, all AW societies, advocates, activists, members of the club made a wide campaign against club management after strychnine poison was used.  a petition was made and resentment letter was sent to board of directors of the Gezira club.
Followed, attempt for an agreement to conduct a TNR provided:  club managment must sign agreement.
Nothing happened.
Again, calls were made from Board of Directors of the club to various AW societies to find solution… no answer.
Reports received of some (poisoned cats), cats and kittens gathered in sacs to unknown location.
I made a call on AWAR and everywhere, to try and save the remaining, I said money is there, all we needed was volunteers + catchers , volunteer vets problem was solved when dr. Rafik Nashed (in Zamalek) proposed making all spaying/neutering , recovery in his clinic (free) provided we just provide catchers.
Mona Khalil told me she would arrange hiring catchers.
Today:  Bahra Fahmy is in the club, witnessed and seen poisoned cats, the remain is not many..
What can be done to save the remaining cats, I would say, estimate has changed, remaining cats are no more than 6 to 8 cats!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! !!!
I wait for Mona to hire catchers as soon as possible, I also would call Mr. Sherbiny of Animal Friends to support, we need catchers  and off course volunteers ..
I hope Nadia Naga you join as volunteer with Vivian and me to transfer cats to Dr. Rafik’s clinic after being catched.
Please provide mobile to easily reach you if we manage to reach something today.
I write this with sorrow.
Dina Zulfikar

 

Link to full thread here and it’s heartbreaking to see the type of crap those wonderful individuals have to endure to state COMMON SENSE.. REPEATEDLY.

This is not the first time something like this happens as most of the animal rights activists in Egypt are suffering. Such practices are adopted by individuals and even whole neighborhoods alike such as Al Rehab City who not only has been doing it for a long while, but also has no shame in admitting that it’s cruel yet still doing it!

"my conscience isn't content with the current solution, but hey.. it's the cheapest way is just kill them! Sorry for the echo, lady!"  Click on the image to say hi to the lovely people :)

“my conscience isn’t content with the current solution, but hey.. it’s the cheapest way.. just kill them! Sorry for the echo though, lady!”
Click on the image to say hi to the lovely people 🙂

Also, from a link from this post on Expat Forum:

On January 15, 2013 Dr. Suad Al-Kholi, Director of Veterinary Medicine, announced that the Directorate has organized intensive campaigns against stray animals which resulted in the extermination of 1,757 dogs and 518 cats stray (click image for source)

On January 15, 2013 Dr. Suad Al-Kholi, Director of Veterinary Medicine, announced that the Directorate has organized intensive campaigns against stray animals which resulted in the extermination of 1,757 dogs and 518 cats stray (click image for source)

More killings (click image for source)

More killings (click image for source)

The source of all 4 images contains a whole lot of history of animal cruelty and abuse in Egypt and the fight against it both on ground and legally.

The government does not simply care but to get rid of the strays the fastest and cheapest way.

This is how one individual suggested to solve the “problem”: the government should pay each person 10LE (1.4 USD!!!!) for bringing in a stray; dead or alive. Guess what’s easier? Yup. And let’s all share some brilliant ideas of how to kill a stray dog and get filthy rich while we’re at it (technically they’d need to bring in at least one million dead strays to be rich). Not to mention, get rid of those scary creatures.. (?)

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Brilliant brainstorming and bitching about the “nasty” dogs and how to get rid of them.

Brilliant brainstorming and bitching about the "nasty" dogs and how to get rid of them. there's even a group! Click the image to say hi :)

Brilliant brainstorming and bitching about the “nasty” dogs and how to get rid of them.

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Brilliant brainstorming and bitching about the “nasty” dogs and how to get rid of them.

In that same ridiculous thread, a guy mentioned that he worked in the UAE and knows that “Filipinos eat stray dogs” and his brilliant idea was a suggestion that the government starts to benefit from those dogs by slaughtering them and selling their meat to the Philippines.. fine delicacy from Egypt..

Another one suggested that they “gather the dogs and makes sandwiches out of them.. no joke”……

There’s even a group created to support this marvelous thread! On the group however, a lady relentlessly tried to convince them to spay the strays instead of poisoning them but surely, no one has time to do that and somehow according to the supporters, poisoning and bludgeoning strays “is mentioned in the Quraan”.. ummm, nope?

That explains. Group admin.

That explains.
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And this is a tiny example of what this country is going through.. ignorance, cruelty and easy solutions.

On a brighter side of the sickening story, I’ve seen a couple of posters pinned to trees in Maadi where people are somehow suffering less from the wave tsunami of ignorance invading this country.The group called Maadi TNR Initiative offer free spaying/neutering in association with I-Vet Clinic and The British Animal Hospital in Maadi:

I spotted a similar leaflet several times all over the place and I think it is a brilliant solution..

Looks like a perfectly happy kitty..

 

But..

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It never stops…

I am personally sick of this. I am sick of hearing such shit and knowing that the government of Egypt does not give a damn about its own constitution which clearly states and criminalizes such practices. But obviously, the government doesn’t care to hold those who practice such acts of cruelty accountable. Not individuals, not organizations and not even a prestigious club.

According to EFAW, a case was filed against El Gizera Club:

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There’s also a protest (EDIT: another protest on Facebook) being held according to a post on the page Stop Gezira Club massacres:

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😦 the album contains graphic images. click at your own discretion. Courtesy of Cherine Rachid

 

 

Thanks to Nirvana Said for always bringing up such sad incidents to our attention.

Thanks to Dina Zulfikar for her ongoing fights against those practices and a better place for animals in Egypt.

Thanks to Cherine Ismail RachidSherif El Kadi and Rania El-Kordy for documenting this cruelty for the world to watch, share and disgrace those bastards responsible. Sherif’s documentation. (Update: Sherif uploaded more heartbreaking images.. view at your own discretion here)

Thanks to EFAW, ESMA, TNSMaadi and the hundreds if not thousands of both Egyptians and expats in Egypt fighting daily on behalf of those who have no voice.

Thanks to my friends who helped share some of the links in this post, @AhmedElhendy88 is one.

 

Please sign this petition and help spread the word about this disgrace and maybe put a goddamn end to it!

 UPDATE (25-8-2013, 5:1PM)

Below are the numbers of GSC and a link to their Facebook page which seems to be “closed” because of the out lash.

+202-2735-6000, +202-2736-0405, +202-2736-0328, +202-2736-0364

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UPDATE (25-8-2014):

According to the page Stop Gezira Club MassacresGSC denied any proof that they have financed or dealt with the thugs used to kill the cats.

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We have created a new petition addressing the PM of Egypt and other ministers to put an end to this. Please take the time to sign and share.


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Mathaf Museum of Modern Art and artistic Animal Cruelty..

I don’t really get what really excites some of us when it comes to watching animals suffer. I mean technically speaking, I do get it. Mental disease does exist and it’s not easy to admit your own disease when we’re still shaming those who suffer from it yet there’s no shame in being mentally ill UNLESS YOU DENY IT AND REFUSE TO FIX IT. But let’s step back and look at the full picture. Why would you endorse animal cruelty especially when that kind of endorsement suggests that it’s OK to abuse animals whether for entertainment, art or any other name associated with recreation.

We were a bit concerned with that when we saw the live and shocking performance of Ahmed Al Dousary on Arabs’ Got Talent almost a month ago. Till this day, we haven’t received an official apology or statement regarding the obvious act of animal abuse endorsed on the show. I honestly set up my mind on the one fact that whoever runs this establishment has zero ounce of dignity and respect to all forms of life so an apology is my last concern: they need to be treated. Again, mental disease does exist and there are many ways to help for those who seek it (but lack of money is more important than lack of sense displayed in pride of being ethically poor).

Yesterday, I was informed by my good friends that there has been yet another endorsement of animal abuse in the Middle East. This time, it took place in Qatar. Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art is now endorsing animal cruelty and abuse in the name of art by a man named Adel Abdessemed. Googling this man’s name brought up some pretty interesting theories as well. This was not the first time this kind of crap goes public and many voiced out their concerns regarding this kind of horrible abuse. Mr. Abdessemed’s series of video loops of animals being burnt alive and bludgeoned to death with a sledgehammer were definitely a hit with art enthusiasts. How freakin’ lovely. He already got his fine exposure in David Zwirner Gallery and is now gracing us poor ignorant Arabs with his divine art.

This is a sample of his work:

I’m sure you find animal abuse very artistic and entertaining.

Because killing animals is very artistic.

Because killing animals is very artistic.

This is not the first time his pieces spark controversy. But reading through that post made me realize that even in art, some douchebag has to come up with a brilliant theory justifying those kinds of shameful practices. I quote:

I understand the conviction and compassion aroused by Abdessemed. The work is exploitive and intense. I hate cruelty to animals. Still, I did come away from the Abdessemed piece knowing more than ever that I don’t believe in certainty, that even though the work wasn’t good, I was snagged by the paradox it raised about what kills what. Still, two of the best comments in the Facebook thread came from artist Matthew Weinstein, who is very certain about his position against cruelty to animals. First he made a good comparison: “I’m having my work made by Indonesian children who work 16 hours a day and get paid $10.00 a month. I’m doing it as an act of controversy to make people think about the unjust nature of the world economy. Thumbs up or down?” Of course, I’d say thumbs down, but just as quickly I thought about how the artist Santiago Sierra paid Mexican workers to do things like get tattoos on their backs or to hold up cement walls. Regardless, another Weinstein comment to someone may say it all: “Go cut the paws off a kitten.”

Mr. Weinstein here claims that exploiting children for money and animal cruelty displayed by Mr. Abdessemed is “an act of controversy to make people think about the unjust nature of the world.” Thumbs up or down? Well, how about a middle finger? WAIT!! How about both? 😀

I get it. You want to make a statement. You want people to “wake up”. Sure. Nice. FAHKING BRILLIANT. But how about making a statement that does not include making money out of the misery of other creatures whether human or not? How about asking someone to bash your head with a sledgehammer while pretending to be a horse or a goat or whatever the fuck you want that creature to be? How about getting paid $10.00 a month for a year and documenting your experience? Ever heard of Christine Chubbuck? Let me enlighten you: you might not want to blow your brains out on live TV but goddamn it: have some dignity when you want to state your honest opinion about something instead of subjecting others to the same exact shit you want gone from the face of this planet.

I quote the wonderful Christine Chubbuck’s last message to the goddamn world:

“In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in ‘blood and guts’, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.”

Mrs. Chubbuck: I hereby dub thee my personal hero. May your wonderful soul be flying in heaven where all those poor and unfortunate souls being exploited in the name of art, entertainment and higher ratings are definitely having a much MUCH better time.

THIS IS NOT ART.

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THIS IS NOT ART.

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THIS IS NOT ART.

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And this will DEFINITELY not pass without publicly shaming those in charge. Shame on YOU, Adel. Shame on YOU, Mathaf. And shame on everyone associated with this. And also.. shame on every “art” enthusiast who finds this type of SHIT artistic and acceptable. I may not be an art graduate but art is not about subjecting any creature to any kind of pain or abuse whether mental or physical. ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO HAVE NO SAY IN WHAT IS BEING SUBJECTED TO THEM OR NO MEANS TO STOP IT.

Please sign this petition and stop those sick practices from infesting our region. WE DO NOT NEED MORE VIOLENCE IN THE NAME OF ANYTHING ANYMORE IN THE MIDDLE EAST.

Related links:

Stop Adel Abdessemed’s Exhibition in Mathaf petition

Facebook page: Stop Adel Abdessemed and Mathaf’s Animal Cruelty

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art on Twitter

Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art on Facebook

And hey: you might as well want to send their director Mr. Abdellah Karroum a little email saying hello at abdellah.karroum@gmail.com

Good luck.

Side note: here’s another instance of animal abuse as “art”:

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Attention Animal Rights groups and activists in Egypt!

If you’re an animal rights activist/group or know one anywhere around Egypt or the Middle East, please take a minute and share this post. We are already grateful for all the efforts and we have faith in you and your generous support.
My dear friend Nuhad is asking for your help!
She’s planning on sending the Arab’s Got Talent audition story to Fremantle media and we need as much exposure and support to gather signatures for this petition (if you still haven’t signed it, please give us a moment of your time to do).
If you’re an animals rights activist/group and willing to help, kindly drop an email to nuhad_s@hotmail.com so that she can include you in her correspondence.
Thank you for supporting animal rights and God bless you all.
WE CAN DO THIS!

WE CAN DO THIS!

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Arabs’ Got Talent: Ali Jaber’s response to Animal Abuse

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One of the judges I didn’t mention in my previous posts was Mr. Ali Jaber. Mr. Jaber was not present during the controversial performance which took place last week. I somehow had faith that Mr. Jaber would have never accepted such a participant; let alone allow such acts to be performed in his presence.

I did voice out my concerns to him right after the episode:

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I never received a reply till this moment.

A few minutes ago, I received an update from fellow blogger Gino. According to Gino who is a good friend of Mr. Jaber’s son, this was Mr. Jaber’s response:

Of course I am against animal cruelty and have always voted out all acts of violence, self-mutilation and animal abuse. I also believe AGT is not the platform to showcase these acts, however, these acts are present in our society and televisions’ role is to expose them and explain how wrong they are. We have already edited out the act from our online catch up service and won’t allow the contestant to repeat any animal act in the semi finals.

Here are my 2 cents on this response and I’m hoping that Mr. Jaber allows me to express my opinion freely as I still believe he would understand:

Dear Mr. Jaber,

Thank you for taking a stand against animal cruelty. I do know that a man of your caliber would have such standards. However, allow me to point out the following:

  • The fact that these acts are present in our society is shameful and highlighting these bad acts is an honorable thing. But You have said it: neither is AGT the platform to showcase such acts nor  is it the platform to take stands against them. It was unfortunate that this man was allowed to perform to begin with. I do believe that this audition was not a surprise. Your esteemed colleagues didn’t seem to be the least bothered by it. The only message we clearly received is that it’s “yucky” because of the snake and the scorpion eating; and not the animal abuse. There is a huge difference between disgusting and morally unacceptable. The fact that Ms. Najwa was the only one to deny this contestant entry is the difference here. The other 2 judges didn’t seem to mind nor hide their obvious excitement over the whole situation. Unacceptable.
  • Editing the Shahid.net episode was probably a good call but what has been seen cannot be unseen. And I’m still not discussing the disgust; I’m discussing the ethical values displayed by the judges. I do not think I will be capable of believing that any of those judges would be serious about any other cause if this particular cause was not naturally on their priority list. We humans are superior beings and the fact that some fail to acknowledge that we have the upper hand here and are morally obliged to stand up against any injustice is a huge test to their humanity. They failed miserably.

While the episode has been edited, millions have probably watched the segment and again: some things cannot be unseen.

Allowing this particular contestant to continue on the show even if he was not to go near any animal is not enough.

In my humble opinion: this man should be banned from performing again and forbidden from auditioning again. That would be a great statement expected from a huge establishment such as MBC group and a very successful program like AGT. As for your esteemed colleagues.. I personally don’t think I will ever “entertain” myself with their work. They simply should not have the privilege of my valuable time as a viewer or a music lover. Period.

I know a man of your status and accomplishments would surely agree that if this audition took place on any other version of the show, the controversy itself wouldn’t have reached to this level due to one fact: this whole audition -shocking as it was- would have never been allowed and this man wouldn’t have been famous. The funny thing is that although I am contributing to this man’s fame; I am deeply ashamed that the world got to see us Arabs as barbaric human beings with total disregard to such values. Animal cruelty on a TV show dedicated to entertainment is not my idea of a perfect example we want to set to anyone. And surely, the lack of proper action towards the whole audition is just the cherry on the top.

Thank you for giving us your feedback and I will still wait to hear a statement from the group regarding this man.

I still have hope.

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Arabs’ Got Talent’s Ahmed Helmy finally breaks the silence!

If you still haven’t heard or read about the jaw dropping audition which took place a few days ago, here’s your chance to read about it -> CLICK ME

A couple of good friends helped send the previous post across the marvelous realm of the Interwebz and BOY.. did it go viral. I thought a simple rant about how barbaric and unfair that audition was wouldn’t get more than a hundred views at the most. But the lack of professionalism and concern towards the lives of both the audience and animals involved in the episode and that specific audition effected many animal lovers out there and I was blessed to see that voicing out your concerns CAN prove worthy.

That post was the most viewed and shared so far, it even reached The Daily Mail!

I have to thank many of the wonderful readers who helped spread  the word about this horrible abuse.

Given all the above, you would expect a decent statement from any of the individuals associated with Arab’s Got Talent. This morning, Egyptian actor and “comedian” Ahmed Helmy broke the silence. And I wish he never did.

A fellow animal rights activist was pretty upset about the fact that 5 days after airing that shameful episode, no response whatsoever was evident. Her demand was not met with what she expected. When the “super star” -very known in the Middle East for being one of the most entertaining and inspiring comedians- decided to retweet one of her not-very-amusing tweets. She was genuinely upset about the whole situation and the lack of ownership. Now, you may or may not agree with some of her tweets but eventually: the lack of respect towards animal rights and a segment of viewers who are keen on this type of obvious abuse might justify her harsh words towards him.

To those of you who do not know Mr. Ahmed Helmy, here’s a link to help you understand the gravity of the situation.

I woke up and saw a couple of tweets from the young lady telling us that he finally responded and that his response was a retweet of one of her MANY tweets taken out of context! Not only did he pick a tweet that portrays him as a victim and her as a “nasty and spiteful woman”, he ignores the rest of the tweets by MANY others AND his devoted fans launched an attack on the young lady calling her crazy, stupid, an animal and all sorts of profanities.

He kept on retweeting and not even answering our valid question:

How can YOU, as a role model to children and a COMEDIAN find it entertaining to joke around with a man who CLEARLY abused an animal in your presence AND give him a green light in a clear endorsement of such horrible abuse?

Here are my tweets to Mr. Helmy (bottom to top)

Here are my tweets to Mr. Helmy (bottom to top)

Mr. Helmy was deeply offended by the fact that the activist wished his kid the same treatment. I get you, buddy. You have my heart. But please do give me a response to the following questions:

  • Given the fact that you were once considered a role model to children as your very beginning was in a program involved with children, what kind of values do you promote to those children (including your lovely daughter) when you are involved in an audition that involves killing animals live on air and blessing the participant with your approval for him to move to the next stage?
  • Do you find killing animals for fun amusing or is it just the shock of the whole situation? I’m guessing it’s the former since you jumped on stage and fooled around with the other unfortunate snakes. Hell, you asked the man to salt the goddamn scorpion just before he gobbled it!
  • Would you enjoy it if one day your own child chose to grab any animal and stab it for fun?
  • In case your answer to the previous question was “NO”; what would your response be if your kid told you “but daddy, you let the big man kill that scorpion and snake and played with him! NOT FAIR!”
  • Do you think that it is responsible of you and your colleagues to allow such acts given the fact that:
    1. The man possessed a possibly deadly scorpion and that poses a hazard on him, yourself, your colleagues and the audience.
    2. According to ANY human being, killing animals for fun is a BIG no-no. Especially when your message is being delivered to millions (and that might include a large percentage of children, teens and possible sick individuals) who might perceive your approval as a general approval and encouragement to such practices.
    3. The man is clearly neither in military nor does he seem to be qualified to perform such a show (without the animals included!)
  • Do you as a man chosen as ambassador of the project “Food for Education” by the UN approve of such practices? What is your stand on animal abuse in slaughterhouses and farm animal cruelty?
  • Do you think that reptiles and arthropods are less susceptible to pain and such since they’re neither fluffy nor widely available around us? Is it acceptable to treat those differently than sheep, cattle, goats, poultry and/or any other domesticated animals?
  • Would you have reacted the same way if the contestant in question chose to skin a cat or a rabbit live on stage?
  • Do you eat rabbits? (you can skip this question, I know the answer “الملوخية بالأنارب متتعوضش!”)

I know Mr. Helmy will not answer my questions, MBC group might not bother to even issue a statement regarding this controversial episode, nor will any of the other judges even bother since they’re clearly more concerned with “how good they looked like on the show” or “how amused everyone was with that episode or any episode”.

Mr. Helmy: you as an ambassador of the project “Food for Education” launched by the UN World Food Programme should not allow such abuse on a live show. Your wikipedia page states that you “plan to do everything he (you) can to help children.”

Your approval and your display of humor towards the situation does not help children. A child that is brought up to believe that animals are dispensable and can be killed for fun will definitely see no harm in treating humans equally one day. A child that witnesses such horrible abuse will never have compassion towards anyone else’s misfortunes just because “it doesn’t seem to be a big issue after all”. A child that watches fully grown men and women bless such horrific acts of violence and abuse will never relate to a cause. You got offended because one lady wished harm upon your child although she doesn’t really want that kind of harm to be inflicted upon any creature to begin with, let alone an innocent child. You, however helped someone inflict that same harm she did not wish to happen and even blessed it.

Mistakes are mistakes if they happen unwillingly. We were waiting for a sincere statement; a simple apology acknowledging that we do not live in the jungle and that you as a human being and an adult are as responsible as your fame and status should dictate on you. You have the power of fame and influence and you misused your power. Not only by blessing animal abuse, but by refusing to take responsibility of your actions and own up to your mistakes. You have launched a personal attack on someone who did not attack you for personal reasons; but VALUES. Common sense and DECENT values.

You have lost ALL my respect.

And I pray for your wife and child not to slip into this swamp of disgusting degradation of human values you call fame and entertainment.

I would like to thank the people behind BETA – Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for spreading the word about this abuse. My friends and hundreds of others for reading, sharing and voicing out their opinion regarding this shameless and disturbing trend in the Middle East.

Please sign this petition so that we can end this ridiculousness for once and for all.

May God have mercy on those poor souls and on humanity which seems to have gone haywire these days.. especially in the Middle East.

And Mr. Helmy, PS:

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9/10/2013 – UPDATE: another response from Mr. Ali Jaber: here.

12/10/2013 – UPDATE: Mr. Helmy  issued a statement through his Twitter account acknowledging the mistake and apologizing to those who were effected by the episode. Thank you, Mr. Helmy.

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