Having just booked a holiday in Jordan I was very distressed to come across dozens upon dozens of messages here about the abuse of donkeys and horses in Petra. I read in other threads that steps are now being taken to raise the locals' awareness but nevertheless I'm worried it might just ruin the daytrip to Petra for me as I am extremely sensitive to any cruelty to animals. I have travelled widely and know this is an issue in many countries, but other animal lovers here will perhaps understand my feelings.
I am not looking to hear more details of the abuse as I read this in many other threads. My question is: is there any way to avoid particular spots where animal cruelty occurs most, or does it happen everywhere in Petra? I know there is now an incentive to report it to the authorities and I would definitely do this, but all in all I would most rather not witness it at all. Also I wouldn't like to get into a nasty confrontation with local children/youths although I will be travelling with an Arabic-speaker. I would love to hear suggestions from other animal lovers about how you coped. Or should I just skip the whole daytrip (which seems sad too)? Or is this less of an issue than I think? I have for instance visited the Giza pyramids several times and have somehow managed to miss most of the cruelty occurring there, so it was not a distressing experience for me.
Also another question concerning distances: I am currently not very fit and I'm worried about the walking to and from inside Petra in the heat. How long did entering and leaving the city take you? Is it completely exhausting (I'm thinking the Samaria gorge...)? What about once inside the city? Needless to say, taking a donkey is NOT an option! I would be travelling at the end of October so would love to hear about temperatures at that time. Thanks for your help!