to requests we received following the e-alert CHAI sent about the Minister
of Culture and Sport's decision to permit Israelis to gamble on horse races
in the UK, we are providing contact information for the Minister and a
sample letter. Please send polite letters only. Thank you for writing!
Minister of Culture and Sport
14 Hamasger Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 67776
Please reverse your decision to allow Israelis to gamble on
horse races in the U.K. Regardless of where the betting takes
place, permitting gambling on racing promotes the cruelties
inherent in this industry that exploits horses out of greed.
The cruelties include:
Born to die—thousands bred annually, a few fastest picked
out to race, most of the rest sent to slaughter.
Trained and raced at just 2, when they are fastest, but
before their bones have hardened, many suffer catastrophic
injuries and must be euthanized.
Drugged to enhance performance and cover up injuries,
which in the long run, causes greater damage.
Bleeding in the lungs from being pushed beyond their
limits, which can be fatal; heart attacks, and chronic
When not racing, horses are confined to a stall for up to
23 hours a day.
Though the normal lifespan of a Thoroughbred is 25 years,
the majority of young horses who are not fast enough to win races are sent to slaughter or sold from hand to hand
in a downward spiral of abuse.
In hearings held by
the U.S. Congress about the widespread drugging of horses and
the high number of catastrophic injuries and deaths, all
supervisory authorities, including state racing commissions,
reported that they have been powerless to control the corruption
and deaths inherent in this industry.
Judaism forbids gambling because it enriches one at the expense
of another. Society pays a very high price for gambling. An
estimated 4 million compulsive or problem gamblers in the U.S.
cost the country $32.4–53.8 billion annually in bankruptcies,
gambling-related crime, spouse and child abuse, child neglect,
foreclosures and suicide. A single bankruptcy directly affects
17 individuals, and gamblers who commit crimes end up in prison
and out of the workforce. In the U.K., 500,000 people are
problem gamblers, and the Parliament is considering legislation
to deal with the problem.
Israel can find a way to earn money in other ways than by
exploiting and abusing innocent animals. Please reverse your
decision to exploit sensitive, intelligent animals for greed.