Stop Horse Racing Expansion in Israel

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Originally Posted: August 24, 2008

Stop Horse Racing Expansion in Israel

From Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI)

Horse racing already exists in Israel in a very small way, but there are plans to expand the races to include as many as 2,000 horses and to launch gambling on the races. As experience in England and the U.S. has shown, when gambling is involved, the welfare of the horses is sacrificed. The racing industry is built on the exploitation of animals, and cruelty and abuse are commonplace.

Religious Knesset members in Israel are opposed to gambling of any kind because Judaism is against the practice, saying that it causes one person to receive money to the detriment of another. The lure of huge profits has blinded the majority, however, who are intent on making it legal. We urgently need to educate lawmakers, and also the public, about the existing problem of horse abuse in Israel and how it will be multiplied tenfold if gambling on racing is legalized.

We must also take legal action. Through our attorney, Hakol Chai has filed a protest with the Ministers of Education, Finance, and Agriculture against legalizing gambling on horse racing in Israel, on the basis that only economic and not animal welfare concerns have been taken into consideration. The protest letters we sent to the Ministers are only a preliminary step in our fight against legalizing gambling on horse racing in Israel. In serving as a voice for racehorses, we are filing a Supreme Court case.

For more information, visit Concern for Helping Animals in Israel,  Racing from Another Perspective: Expertsí Statements About Racing,  Animal Aid

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