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Israel: bill in Knesset would ban sports using animals

July 25, 2013
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Source: The Jerusalem Post
By Sharon Udasin

MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima) recently submitted a bill seeking to eradicate the phenomenon of betting on animals in Israel, Hakol Chai – an organization to prevent animal suffering – announced on Monday evening.

The purpose of the bill is to end “immoral acts” to animals that often occur as a result of gambling, such as doping, irreversible physical injuries and even death, Hakol Chai explained.

If passed, the bill would make violators of the prohibition subject to a fine or up to one year in prison, the organization said.

While drafted by Hakol Chai in collaboration with Hasson, the bill has received support from eight Knesset members from across the political spectrum: Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), Amram Mitzna (Hatnua), Dov Henin (Hadash), Eitan Cabel (Labor), David Azoulay (Shas), Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), Itzik Shmuli (Labor) and Hilik Bar (Labor).

“World experience shows that in countries that have tried to allow gambling, alongside regulations designed to protect animals, the efforts to limit the cruelty to them have been empty,” the bill’s explanatory note reads. “The stress of gambling that involves pushing the animals to the extreme and getting from them maximum gains supersedes all regulatory efforts. Suffering and cruelty are inherent to the industry.”

The animal gambling industry also generates a surplus in animals rendered unfit for competition, and these animals often end up abandoned or killed, the explanatory note adds.

Horses that participate in racing, for example, have a lifespan that is 75 percent shorter than thoroughbreds that do not compete, data from Hakol Chai explained. The reduced lifespan can be attributed to problems that result from stimulant and pain reliever use, the development of stomach ulcers, bleeds and other injuries.

Horse racing currently exists in Israel at only a very minimal level.

“What appears sometimes as a noble sport is actually an industry of evil and pain,” a statement from Hakol Chai said. “The law, if it passes, would prevent, among other things, the development of a horse-racing industry and would save horses from severe and unnecessary suffering. It is important for Israel to learn from other countries that now are searching for ways to minimize racing damage, instead of importing evils from them.”


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hip hip hooray for the holy land
we animals think this would
be oh so grand.
no longer will we be perceived
as objects to be gambled upon.
thank you MK yisreal hasson☺☻

signed,
all animals, everywhere

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


14 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    July 25, 2013 11:35 am

    hip hip hooray for the holy land
    we animals think this would
    be oh so grand.
    no longer will we be perceived
    as objects to be gambled upon.
    thank you MK yisreal hasson☺☻

    signed,
    all animals, everywhere

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    • July 25, 2013 11:37 am

      Most excellent, thank you!

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      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        July 25, 2013 11:42 am

        you are so welcome and thank you for sharing this(almost) good news♥

        good news always reminds us,
        that out there,
        there is kindness♥

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    • July 25, 2013 2:17 pm

      Karen your writing abilities never cease to amaze me, just PERFECT!!!
      This is such good news the only thing that im left wondering is why something like this isnt done in America! For the world richest and greatest country we sure are behind in animal welfare!

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  2. classylady1@comcast.net permalink
    July 25, 2013 12:28 pm

    AS A JEW, I AM VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF STOPPING ALL BLOOD SPORTS IN ISRAEL, AND ALL EXPLOITATION OF ANIMALS IN THE GAMBLING SPORTS! I HOPE THAT YOU WILL FOLLOW UP WITH THE FINAL VOTE ON THIS ISSUE.

    DIANE M. KASTEL UNITED STATES OF ANMERICA

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  3. July 25, 2013 2:15 pm

    Reblogged this on florenceeaise.

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  4. July 26, 2013 8:14 am

    This is good news for animals in Israel. Let’s hope the United States follows suit.

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    • July 26, 2013 10:08 am

      I agree, it would be a great move for the animals, but I believe the industry profits too much for it to happen anytime soon. I appreciate your comments, thanks.

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  5. Larry J. Hirsch permalink
    July 26, 2013 4:22 pm

    wonderful idea.

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