August 1, 2005Dear CHAI Member
We are approaching a critical phase in our efforts to prevent and end cruelty to horses in Israel, and we need your help!As we notified you in our most recent newsletter, CHAI has been pressing city officials throughout Israel to create regulations requiring mandatory licensing and inspection of horses and donkeys, to prevent and end widespread abuse of these animals. The city of Tel Aviv, where CHAI recently exposed widespread abuse of horses, claimed that such a requirement is already implicit in existing city regulations. A Freedom of Information Act request revealed, however, that not a single license was ever granted. This means that even if such regulations exist, they are not being enforced.
Furthermore, the Tel Aviv Police Department told CHAI that it
receives no cooperation from Tel Aviv city officials when trying to
investigate cruelty or remove animals from their abusers. As we have
written in past newsletters, the municipal vet of Tel Aviv, Tzvi
Galin, has repeatedly refused to take action of any kind in response
to our calls reporting even severely abused horses, nor does he
respond to calls from the public about injured or abandoned animals.
In addition, we are about to file our petition to Israel's Supreme Court to prevent gambling on horse racing from coming to Israel. Documentation CHAI gathered to provide to the Court demonstrates that widespread abuse is an integral part of the horse racing industry in every country where the practice exists. In Macau, south China, for example, 300 horses are imported from Australia, New Zealand, and other countries every year to race, and every year, almost the same number of horses who were injured, or who weren't fast enough to make the grade, or who have finished their racing career, are killed.
Week after week, as articles in Macau's newspapers have exposed, horses are lined up and shot in the head. Those waiting in line see and smell what is happening to those ahead of them. As each horse falls to the ground, the body is picked up by a crane and hauled to a local landfill.
This is the ugly underbelly of the horse racing industry: grueling training, excruciating injuries, drugs to enhance performance even while injured, and at the end, being shipped to a slaughterhouse or into a downward spiral of abuse. This is the reality behind the "glamour" of horse racing.
Please help us stop this horror from gaining a foothold in Israel. Please send your contributions to CHAI today, so we can educate the public and the Court that these gentle animals deserve our respect and protection. And please sign our petition against the expansion of racing in Israel.
With your help, we can ensure proper treatment for horses in Israel today, and prevent those who would exploit them for greed from bringing thousands more to Israel to race to their deaths. Also with your help will take legal action to force cities to implement and enforce regulations to protect horses and donkeys.
It's time to renew your membership in CHAI! Please add a generous
contribution to your annual dues in support of our efforts on behalf
of horses and donkeys in Israel. Legal fees to take a case to the
Supreme Court are high. In addition, CHAI supports a mobile
spay/neuter clinic that travels throughout the country, providing
low-cost spaying and neutering and education in responsible animal
care. Because of these and other major efforts, we are asking you to
increase your contribution this year. The more support we have,
the more we can do for the animals! Together, we can make a
Please renew your membership today.
CHAI - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel