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Egyptian prank show is accused of animal cruelty

An Egyptian reality TV show that uses live animals as props in pranks has been dubbed 'cruel' by leading animal rights organisation PETA.

Clips from the Mahadesh Fahem Haga programme showed monkeys being dangled from a chain by the neck, ducks thrown at people and dogs terrified by fake explosions. 

The programme, a Ramadan TV special, also shows a dog being scared by a fake electrical explosion and a donkey slapped in the face and shoved to the ground.

An Egyptian prank show has been accused of animal cruelty after ducks were thrown at people (pictured) and a monkey was dangled from a chain around its neck

The programme also showed a donkey slapped in the face and shoved to the ground leading animal rights organisation PETA to dub it 'cruel'

The clip starts with footage of the donkey surrounded by a group of men before one man shoves the poor creature so hard it comes tumbling to the floor.

The next clip shows a man swinging a monkey attached to a chain into a man's back.

Footage then cuts to show a dog sat in a children's barber seat before the sound of a fake explosion - which sends one man crashing to the floor in fear - rings out.

The dog is equally terrified and springs out of the car-shaped chair. 

Footage then cuts to show a dog sat in a children's barber seat before the sound of a fake explosion - which sends one man crashing to the floor in fear - rings out 

Footage then shows a duck being thrown at two men who continue fighting as the poor animal writhes on the floor.

A PETA spokesperson said in a statement: 'This morning, PETA and the Society for the Protection of Animal Rights in Egypt (SPARE) sent an urgent letter to Egyptian TV network MBC Group urging it to end the use of animals in Mohamed Tharwat’s Ramadan TV special, the prank show.

'As you can see in the video, the show uses violence against animals: A monkey was held and dangled by a chain around his neck, a donkey was slapped in the face, a dog was deliberately frightened by a fake electrical explosion, and ducks were violently thrown, among other incidents.

Footage then shows a duck being thrown at two men who continue fighting as the poor animal writhes on the floor (pictured)

'Airing this cruel show during Ramadan, a holy time for Muslims, is particularly offensive because cruelty to animals is discouraged in Islam. According to the Prophet Muhammad, those who are kind to every living being will receive an estimable reward.

'Not only are these pranks cruel to animals, some may also violate Egypt’s Penal Code, which states that “any major harm [to animals] shall be punished by a jail sentence that does not exceed 6 months or by a fine that will not exceed 200 LE.”

'All over the world, animals who are exploited in the film and television industries are subjected to stress caused by bright lights, loud noises, and forced contact with humans. They spend much of their lives confined, are hauled from one production to another, and often endure horrific conditions off the set.'

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