Egyptian man imprisoned, fined for brutally beating horse

The Luxor Misdemeanor Court sentenced a man to one year in prison and a bail of LE 500 for brutally beating a horse.

The investigation authorities in Luxor interrogated the man, 40, on charges of assaulting a horse on al-Madina Street in Luxor.

A Facebook video clip showing the carriage driver in Luxor brutally beating the horse went viral across Egyptian social media last month, inciting outrage and demands for justice.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry announced, in a statement on its Facebook page that the circumstances of the video circulating on Facebook have come to light.

It said: “After examining the video, police identified and arrested the perpetrator of the incident, who is a carriage driver residing in the Luxor city.”

The ministry added, “After confronting him, he confessed to committing the incident, and legal measures were taken.”

Egypt’s Dar Al Iftaa, as part of its on-going awareness campaigns, has warned in December against abusing animals.

Dar Al Iftaa explained on its official Facebook page, saying: “The Prophet, peace be upon him, told that torturing and ill-treating an animal, or preventing it from eating and drinking until it dies, is a reason for entering Hellfire.

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: ‘A woman was punished due to a cat she had imprisoned until it died, so she entered the Hellfire. She did not give it food or water while it was imprisoned, neither did she set it free to eat from the vermin of the earth.’”

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