Because the bill that will legalize gambling on horse racing in
Israel is about to be introduced in the Knesset, it is of the utmost
importance that all who condemn the barbaric racing industry
make their voices heard.
Please write to the Ministers of Justice,
Environmental Protection, and Agriculture, and also to the
Chairman of the Education, Culture, and Sports Committee in the Knesset,
expressing your strong objections to the establishment of a horse racing
industry and the introduction of legalized betting on horses in Israel.
I respectfully urge you to prevent the development of horse
racing, as well as gambling on horse racing, in Israel.
Cruelty and corruption are an inherent part of this industry
based on greed. Wherever racing exists, there is animal exploitation.
The cruelties include the annual breeding of thousands of
colts, most of whom will be killed because they are not fast
enough; catastrophic injuries from being trained and raced
at just two years old, when they are fastest but before
their bones have hardened; widespread drugging to enhance
performance so they can run even while injured; bleeding in the lungs and heart
attacks, both of which can be fatal; and chronic ulcers.
In addition to the suffering and death of thousands of horses,
racing will cause
social welfare problems as a consequence of
gambling. The planned infrastructure will also lead to the further destruction of the environment.
Please keep Israel free of the cruelty and corruption
that inevitably accompany the racing industry.
For detailed information about horseracing, see our website:
Please write to the following officials:
Minister of Justice
29 Salah A-din St., Jerusalem 91490, Israel
Minister of Environmental Protection
5 Kanfei Nesharim St., Givat Shaul,
P.O. Box 34033, Jerusalem 95464, Israel
Rabbi Michael Melchior
Chairman, Education, Culture, and Sports Committee
The Knesset, HaKiryah,
Jerusalem 91950, Israel
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
P.O. Box 30, Beit-Dagan 50250, Israel
Lethal experiments are now part of racehorse suffering
Worldwide, thousands of racehorses die or are killed every year: during
races, during training, or because they are not fast
enough. Instead of reducing the unnatural pressure on the animals that
causes broken backs and legs, heart attacks, burst blood vessels, gastric
ulcers, and bleeding lungs (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage), the
industry sponsors lethal experiments on the animals, supposedly to learn why
racehorses suffer and die from injury and illness, though the reasons are
The experiments include deliberately infecting horses with devastating
viruses, subjecting pregnant animals to abdominal surgery so they
subsequently abort their young, deliberately underfeeding them, and
subjecting newborn foals to stress experiments. Most of these invasive
procedures end with the horses being killed.
The industry attempts to justify this cruelty with the immoral notion that
some should suffer so many can benefit, when the high level of injuries and
developmental problems the experiments pretend to address is purely the
result of industry greed and callousness.
Information courtesy of Animal Aid, England
Although most people assume the horses can't possibly win against powerful
money interests, CHAI continues the fight against establishing racing in
Israel. Our campaign has been expensive; please help us show that
compassion can be stronger than greed. Stop this grotesque industry from
gaining a foothold.
Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
CHAI, POB 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302, USA, or
donate through our
Yours for a more compassionate world,
CHAI - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel
PO Box 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302