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August 2013  

CHAI's Humane Ed Program Expands to 60 Arab Schools;
Further Expansion Planned


 Second humane education seminar for principals and teachers in Arab schools in northern Israel

CHAI's humane education program for Arab schools, "Expanding the Circle of Compassion," which began as a pilot project in a small number of schools, has proved so popular and so effective in changing attitudes toward those we call "other," including nonhuman animals, that Israel's Ministry of Education expanded it to 60 schools, with a planned further expansion to all schools in the north of Israel.
Teachers reported that students were amazed to learn that animals have intelligence and emotions, just like humans, and those who were abusing animals, such as by hanging cats or cutting off their tails, voluntarily came forward, reported with regret what they had done, and vowed to stop this behavior. Teachers, too, were affected by what they saw and learned. Read below some of the feedback we received about the impact of the program, printed in an Arab newspaper that interviewed participants at our second training conference.

Seminar participants broke up into pairs or small groups to carry out activities.


Teachers expressed appreciation and gratitude to the seminar's presenter, Rae Sikora.

CHAI's sister charity in Israel, Hakol Chai (Everything Lives), will sponsor four more training seminars in September for 180 teachers responsible for over 5,400 students—two for teachers new to the program and two for teachers already participating. We are grateful to the Animal Guardians Foundation for their generous support of this program.
In addition, a Jewish school learned of the program and will try it in September as a pilot. Also in September, ten Bedouin schools will introduce a related program we created especially for these schools, which focuses on proper respect and care for donkeys.
Feedback from principals:
"This program has been implemented in our school for the second year in a row now, and it has had a very positive impact on the students' intellectual and moral values, because...they see how they need to behave with animals. Students see an animal being tortured and learn how to be merciful, learn what freedom is, learn who the strong man is and who the weak man is, really....We must learn from the animals, admiring them. We need to pass these values to our society, thus making yet another positive step in our day-to-day actions, through the values."
"Hakol Chai's program is vital. It is about admiring our environment and strengthening the students' values on this subject. The project addresses the students' behavior with all living creatures, including animals, starting with our immediate environment and our family, and then expanding to more distant situations....The message got across."

Feedback from teachers:
"This (program) has had a very strong impact; there is an awakening in all that concerns the treatment of animals and behavior toward them....I see this as a good thing. Hakol Chai's program is important for the treatment of animals as well as others around us."
"We make sure the Hakol Chai project is implemented in our school, because this organization strives to encourage compassion and mercy towards animals....We use (the project) as a tool for advancing the students' understanding of values and developing their emotions around the way animals are treated by man. After all, animals are also living creatures in this world, and we, as humans, have a responsibility—animals have a right to live because they, too, have souls....This educational project passes good values to students, and it is important that the students practice their skills and develop their values toward our environment."
"This program offers students the opportunity to create a better and more tolerant world."
"I am willing to fight for the cause that animals will not be harmed and will be allowed to live in peace and not subjected to torture. I am no longer indifferent to this subject....This program will contribute to creating a better society and to world peace."
"I was unaware of the importance of humane education and the possibility of creating change in students and in society in general. This program has had an impact on my awareness, on the way I will treat animals, and on my lifestyle. The activities and knowledge we acquired here created change, and, as a teacher, I am committed to passing on what I learned to my students. I see it as mandatory to transfer to my students the knowledge I acquired about moral problems related to how animals and how all living beings are treated."
"After we taught the program over the past school year, we discovered an enchanting circle which created true compassion for animals that live with us on our lonely planet. This program revealed before the students' eyes the deep and hidden world of animals. Students learned about animals' feelings, families, pain, suffering, intelligence, and I saw looks of amazement, heard moving words, stories and dreams, real dialogue was held between them. A few spoke quietly, others shared their stories or regrets. Sure and definite change occurred and this was only the beginning. I know there is much more to come."
"I was happy to realize a dream for people in search of peace between those living in this universe, and I was happy to be a representative for the angels guarding the weak spirit and trying to provide us with better lives. I, too, could not resist the change and experienced the happiness together with the students. I am still enchanted and charmed from the change and the new world this program showed me. I feel that I still don't have the words to describe this great change, to describe the impact, the belonging, and compassion which has filled my heart and many more hearts. We will continue this path together...with your guidance and supervision. Thank you, in the name of all of the students who took part in the program."


Nine Knesset Members Sponsor CHAI/Hakol Chai's Bill
to Ban Gambling on All Sports Involving Animals



Another day, another death

Knesset Member Israel Hasson and eight additional Knesset members from across the political spectrum introduced a bill in conjunction with Hakol Chai that would ban gambling on all sports involving animals, including dog racing, cock fighting, bullfighting, and horse racing. The bill includes a penalty of one year in prison and a fine.The eight additional Knesset Members include Rabbi Dov Lipman, David Azoulay, Chairman of the Pro-Animal Caucus in the Knesset founded by Hakol Chai, Eitan Cabel, Amram Mitzna, Dov Henin, Tamar Zandberg, Yechiel Bar, and Itzik Shmuli.
The bill was first introduced at the end of the previous Knesset session, but as there was not time to discuss it, it was reintroduced this session and is expected to be discussed after the summer Knesset recess.
Introducing the bill is part of Hakol Chai's long campaign to prevent gambling on horse racing from entering Israel. The bill notes that drugging, catastrophic injuries and premature death are commonplace in this industry that pushes animals beyond their limits.
If gambling on racing were to gain a foothold in the country, Israel would have to build slaughterhouses to dispose of all the young, healthy horses not fast enough to win races. The only alternative is for Israel to enter the cruel live transport industry, shipping ex-race horses to Europe to end up on dinner plates. Israel is small, and even now has no place for all the unwanted horses in the country. The large number of horses that end their racing careers every year because they are not fast enough would add many hundreds to this number.





Shai (R) and Saturday (L),
who is now in his 30s!


Joey, our latest rescue

CHAI Joins Call To Revive and Transform
the Jewish New Year's Day for Animals


To increase awareness of Judaism’s powerful teachings on the importance of compassion toward animals, CHAI has joined with the Jewish Vegetarians of North America in calling for a revival and transformation of an ancient holiday, the Jewish New Year for Animals.
Many New Year's holidays in Judaism are based on restored and transformed ancient holidays, such as Tu B'shvat, also called Israel’s Arbor day. This holiday, originally about tithing trees—deciding when the fruit of trees can be eaten or given to charity, for example—was restored and transformed into an ecological awareness day focusing on healing (tikkun) the environment and celebrated by planting trees. Now it is time to restore and transform the ancient Jewish New Year for Animals, a holiday originally about tithing animals for sacrifices, which today should be about raising consciousness about Judaism's positive teachings about animals and healing cruel practices toward them.
The Jewish New Year for Animals (called Rosh Hashanah LeBeheimot) falls in August. During this period—the month before the major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (New Year and Day of Atonement)—we are to consider our words and actions over the past year, ask forgiveness from those we may have harmed, and resolve to do better in the future. This is an ideal time to consider Judaism’s teachings on tsa'ar ba'alei chayyim, compassion for the suffering of animals, and what actions we can take to make the world a better place for them. Reviving and transforming the New Year for Animals would also demonstrate that Jewish teachings are relevant to contemporary issues and meaningful to today’s youth.
If you are a member of a synagogue or Temple, please ask your rabbi to celebrate the Jewish New Year for Animals by informing their congregations about the importance of respecting and protecting animals and by encouraging congregation members to volunteer for and donate to a charity helping animals. Donations to CHAI allow us to be a voice for animals in Israel.
Everyone can help bring about a better world by reducing or eliminating their consumption of animal products, not only to prevent animal suffering, but for our health and the health of our planet. Countless studies have shown that vegetarians live longer and are healthier than meat eaters. According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), meat production releases more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere (up to 22% of the total) than all forms of transport combined and more than industry. Producing one hamburger is the equivalent of driving a 3,000-pound car nearly 10 miles. A shift to a plant-based diet can help set our imperiled planet on a sustainable path. See: Our Food.

Help us spread the word about CHAI's work on behalf of Israel's animals. The more support we have, the more we can help animals. Here are some ways you can help:

  • Send your generous, tax-deductible contributions to CHAI, POB 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302 or donate through our website.

  • Organize a "parlor meeting" of friends to help raise funds for CHAI's projects.

  • Distribute CHAI pamphlets at synagogues, Temples, vets' offices, and other places people who care about animals are likely to see them.

  • Know any foundations that might consider a grant proposal from CHAI or reporters who might write about our cause? Tell us!

  • Remember CHAI in your will.

  • "Like" CHAI's Facebook page.



On behalf of the animals, we thank you!

Yours for a more compassionate world,

Nina Natelson


CHAI - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel

PO Box 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: 703-658-9650