The Suffering of India’s Camels

Camels across India are used for intense and tiring work, including transporting goods, pulling heavy carts, and giving rides to tourists. These camels commonly endure horrific injuries: handlers often push metal pegs through camels’ noses to control them, and in the sun this metal heats up, burning their flesh and leaving them at constant risk of infection. Additionally, the weights packed onto camels’ backs from rides and carriages can cause painful wounds, which often go untreated.

The Logical Indian

Thousands of camels are taken to the small desert town of Pushkar in North India for the annual camel fair, with many of them suffering from difficult working conditions and horrific injuries. The fair has become a hotspot for tourists, with many visiting to partake in camel riding.

We spent three days at Pushkar Camel Fair documenting the camels - from camel performances to camel riding. We were also incredibly honoured to document the amazing work that the organisation, Help in Suffering, do to relieve the pain of some of these most overworked animals in the world. The organisation send their team of vets and animal carers to the fair every year, offering free treatment and advice to camel owners in order to help alleviate some of the suffering that these camels endure.

Our video was shared by Indian social media platform, The Logical Indian receiving over 100,000 views, exposing an Indian audience to a problem often overlooked.

All of our footage, including the clips above, are free-to-use for anyone using them to help animal rights.