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Rescue Operations During the Haifa Fires

28 November

During the huge fire in Haifa last week, scores, perhaps hundreds of animals – some of them pets, some of them wild animals and street-cats – suffered a terrible fate when they were unable to escape the flames.

One pet cat got lucky: a TV team filming the fire for Channel 2 included in its footage a picture of “Milky” staring hopelessly through the window at the flames, from inside an apartment. Milky’s owner, Michal, had not been allowed by the fire-fighters to go in and find her cat when the fire approached her building. Upon seeing the picture on TV, she appealed to the animal-rights team whose ambulance was scouring the area looking for trapped animals. The team got to the apartment and happily found Milky safe and sound.

The team also managed to rescue a pet dog, found trapped in a burnt-out yard, and returned her to her owners.



Ministry of Agriculture Renews Budget for Street-Cat Spay/Neuter Programs

3 Nov 2016

Shortly before the Supreme Court was due to hear an appeal, to force the Ministry of Education to release for use the government budget for spaying and neutering of street-cats, the Ministry has finally done so. Or at least, it has finally published the directive to the local authorities which carry out these programs, to apply for the funding.

There is surely no doubt that without the appeal to the Supreme Court by animal-rights organizations, the 2016 funding would not have been made available even now.

One good point in this sorry tale of delay is that the same directive also covers the funds for 2017, so that the local authorities will be able to fund their programs for the coming year without the delays seen the last few years.



Supreme Court Requested to Require Government to Transfer 2016 Spay/Neuter Budget

09/10/2016

According to an article by Amir Ben-David, The “Let the Animals Live” Association has appealed to the Supreme Court to require the Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, to transfer immediately the 4.5 million shekels earmarked for spaying and neutering stray animals in the 2016 budget, to the authorities responsible for doing so.

Paragraph 15 a) of the Cruelty to Animals law requires the government to allot a budget specifically for prevention of increases in the number of stray animals, and to issue a directive to the local authorities, who are responsible for carrying out the spaying and neutering of animals in their areas of jurisdiction. This has not been done so far for the year 2016. In addition, 68 local authorities which applied for funds in 2015 and were not funded. The appeal also requests that these 2015 funds should be granted and immediately transferred to the respective local authorities, to speed up the bureaucratic process.

In the past Minister Ariel has been quoted as saying that he opposes spaying and neutering on religious grounds, and he even investigated, with a team from his ministry, the possibility of “transferring” stray animals to a foreign country. He tried to divert the 2016 budget for preventing natural increase to research on methods which do not involve spaying and neutering, but the Supreme Court issued a ruling requiring his Ministry to use it for spaying and neutering as intended – the method considered to be the most effective for addressing the problem of natural increase, and the one accepted in Western countries.

The delay in transferring the 2016 budget harms the ability to stem the growing increase of stray animals. Despite repeated requests to the Ministry of Agriculture and to Minister Uri Ariel, who reply each time that the call will be issued “in the next few weeks,” no call has been issued and 2016 is already almost over.



Demonstration Outside Government Cabinet Meeting

01/9/2016

Scores of activists from a coalition of animal-rights associations in Israel demonstrated on September 1 opposite the Government ministry complex, where a meeting of the government was being held. The demonstrators set up a dog-shelter on-site and protested the lack of a budget for spaying and neutering stray dogs and cats, and for preventing the need to put down healthy animals.

Only 0.4% of the Ministry of Agriculture’s budget is allocated to these needs, and the Ministry has hardened the conditions that local authorities have to meet in order to receive a budget.

Ministers Akunis and Steinitz approached the demonstrators and listened to their complaints. The Minister of Agriculture, against whose Ministry most of the complaints were directed, took a roundabout path and avoided the demonstrators.

The animal-rights coalition includes 25 associations, including Let the Animals Live, SOS Animals, animal-rights organizations in Jerusalem, Haifa and Ramat Gan, and many others.

 



New Clinic on American Model Proposed for Low-Cost Treatment of Dogs and Cats

01/9/2016

Israel suffers from a huge and rapid increase in the number of stray dogs and cats. Tens of thousands of stray animals, born every day, undergo short lives full of suffering, starvation and cruelty. Apart from the animals’ suffering, this situation causes distress and a physical and financial burden on animal lovers, whether associations or private individuals.

In other countries, the national and local government deals with this situation; but the subject is very low on the list of priorities of our country. The authorities still rely on mass extermination (chiefly of dogs) or they simply disregard the problem (chiefly in relation to cats).

One animal association, Let The Animals Live Israel, has therefore just adopted a long-term plan to set up veterinary clinics and centers which will offer neutering and spaying operations – for free if the level of donations enables it, or at a low, affordable cost. The first such center, which will serve as a prototype for others to be set up over the coming decade, will be situated in the south of the country.

This plan follows a model operating in the United States, one of the leading countries in the world in this field; the model will be adapted to local conditions in Israel. The U.S. association, the Humane Alliance, which has trained professionals in this field for over 20 years, will also train the Israeli staff who will operate the Israeli center.

The LetLive Association also intends to operate a general veterinary clinic, which will treat dogs and cats for any disease or injury at prices affordable also by less affluent people who currently are unable to pay the high prices charged in the Israeli market for treating their pets.



Children’s Museum Against Cats?

23/5/2016

The Children’s Museum in Holon recently issued an order forbidding its employees to feed stray cats, and even threatening them with dismissal if they do so. This despite the fact that during the previous year, animal welfare charities had spayed and neutered all the stray cats in the vicinity of the museum, so that feeding them would not lead to an increase in their number.

It is so disappointing to see that a museum which calls itself “Children City” relates to street cats in a public area as a nuisance to be removed by starving them to death; the museum apparently has forgotten that the education of children starts with teaching them compassion, ethics, and love for others including animals.

The animal welfare organization, Let the Animals Live, contacted the Museum’s administration and explains that both the law and a court ruling on the matter, and also took the matter up with the municipal veterinarian, Dr. Victor Hadad. The latter immediately attended to the complaint, by issuing a sharp email to the Museum administration and canceling the order.



Teaching Compassion in School

26/06/2016

Within the framework of a Respect and Pity for Animals Week that took place in the “Tzahalah” school in Tel Aviv, students in Grade 1 organized an activity for Grades 1 through 3, in which they decorated bowls of water and set them out around the area, for the street cats.

The restaurant “Talu’s Kitchen” contributed the bowls, the children decorated them and prepared posters, and the animals were saved from the terrible late-summer heat. That’s how simple it is to educate for compassion and to save lives.

To those responsible – Vivian Eckstein the school principal, Rinal Frizan the vice-Principal, and the teachers Ma’ayan Kedem, Mirit Levy, Na’ama Gliksman and Gila Brooks – a huge Thank You! If every school in Israel did this, what a difference it would make to the country!




Minister Uri Ariel Transferred the Budget for Spaying/Neutering Street Cats to “Research”: Says It Contravenes Religious Belief
  November 3, 2015

Ilan Lior in Ha’aretz (3 November 2015) reports that the Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, has decided to transfer the entire 4.5 million NIS budget for spaying and neutering street cats to “research” to find alternative methods of preventing the natural increase of stray animals. This despite the fact that current research proves that there is no available effective alternative method.

Ariel’s refusal stems at least partly from the fact that spaying/neutering contravenes religious rulings and religious belief. However, rabbis such as Rabbi Shlomo Ammar, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel, have ruled that it is permissible to spay street cats when natural increase results in suffering to the animals or a nuisance to people; Rabbi Aviner allows the spaying of both female cats and bitches (female dogs).

The Minister’s previous suggestion, to transfer cats to a different country, has currently been taken off the agenda.

In response to the Minister’s decision, the Let the Animals Live association has appealed to the Supreme Court to annul it. The appeal claims that the Minister’s decision  is in opposition to the professionally accepted view that spaying and neutering are the most humane and most effective methods of preventing the unwanted population increase of stray animals.



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Animal-Rights Lobbying Meeting in Knesset Attended by Large Number of MKs

July 27, 2015

2 Ministers and 17 Members of the Knesset (MKs) attended the meeting arranged by the Lobby for Animal Rights on June 27, 2015, demonstrating all-party-wide support for the subject. The Animal Rights activities are led by MKs Itzik Shmuli and Yael German; others attending the discussion were the Minister for Agriculture Uri Ariel and the Minister for Environmental Protection, Avi Gabai; and MKs Tzipi Livne, Tamar Zandenberg, Yitzhak Herztog, Sheli Yachmilevich, Eitan Kabel, Dov Hanin, Ro’i Folkman,Meirav Michaeli, Mas’ud Ganaim, Haim Yellin, Yossi Yonah, Yoel Hasson, Zuhir Bahaul, Cassaniah Svetlova, Uri Hazan, and former MK Dov Lipman, who headed the lobby together with MK Kabel in the previous Knesset.




Joint Protest by Jews and Arabs: “Compassion is Shared by All”

In her article headlined “Joint Protest by Jews and Arabs: “Compassion is Shared by All People” (Ma’ariv, July 24, 2015), Karin Rozkovsky reports that about 1,000 activists held a protest parade in Haifa, aimed at raising awareness of abuses to animals in dog pounds, agricultural settlements and industry, slaughter-houses and laboratories. Another purpose of the parade was to demonstrate that the fight against cruelty to animals crosses sectarian borders. Organizations taking part included LetLive, Anonymous, The Vegan North, the Association Against Experiments on Animals, the international Coalition Against Fur, and others.




Ministerial Committee on Legislation Approves Bill to Increase Penalty for Animal Cruelty

The bill to increase the penalty in cased of cruelty to animals, initiated and advanced by MK Itzik Shmuli working with the animal rights association LetLive, was signed by 80 MKs. It provides for the maximum penalty to be increased from three years to five. This sends a clear and important message about the need to protect animal rights in Israel.

 




Criminal Complaint Against Zoglobek Slaughterhouses

July 8, 2015.

After discovering that the Prosecutor’s Office is not going to indict Zoglobek for the animal abuse revealed by the LetLive animal-rights association in 2013, the Association has decided to do so itself, and to prosecute under the authority granted by the Animal Welfare Act to animal-protection organizations.




Commercial breeding of dogs

The article “In the cold and rain: how scores of dogs were kept” (Mako, January 11, 2015) reports on a raid by the Veterinary Service on an industrial farm for breeding pedigree dogs for sale as “pets.” The raid revealed 67 dogs that were kept in conditions of neglect and abuse, in filthy cages full of urine, with no protection from the cold and the rain. The dogs were transferred to a rehabilitation facility with the aim of offering them for adoption thereafter.




Victory for the cat-feeders

In her  article “20,000 shekels compensation for the cat-feeder” (Mynet, 12.2.2015) Hofit Cohen tells the story of a resident of Holon who received that amount following her suit against the Holon municipality for harassment and libel, because she was falsely alleged to have contravened the law regarding feeding street cats: in fact most of the complaints against her had been cancelled.



Ear-cutting

In his article “Following Facebook publication, dog with lopped ears confiscated” (November 25, 2014) Erez Erlichman reports on an Afula resident whose dog was confiscated, and who will be fined over 4,000 NIS, after it was revealed on Facebook that she had had the dog operated on to trim its ears. Ear-cutting of dogs (such as boxers) is frequently practiced to “improve” their appearance, even though it was prohibited by the Animal Cruelty Law already in 1994.




Lawsuit against abusive pet shops

In her article “Lawsuit: injunctions against 5 pet shops” (Israel Today, Nov. 21, 2014), Smadar Brandeis reports on lawsuits filed jointly by the animal-rights organizations Anonymous and Let Animals Live against five pet shops which were documented keeping animals in abusive conditions contrary to the regulations of the Cruelty To Animals law. Among other infringements, animals were kept without access to water, in small and over-crowded cages, without the hiding places required by the regulations.




Dogfights

In her article “Of Dogs and Human Beasts” (Israel Today, Nov. 12, 2014) Neta Bar-Yosef criticizes the authorities’ laxity in preventing illegal dogfights and the illegal breeding of dogs for such fights. The article describes the cruelty suffered by the dogs exploited for the fights – not just during the fights themselves, but as a result of the breeding and training programs for them.




Accidental victims of the fishing industry

In his article “Operation Billy” (Ynet, November 7, 2014) Erez Erlichman reports on the activities of the Nature and Parks Authority’s inspectors to save rare sea turtles that become intangled in fishing nets; and in the article “Operation in Eilat: Birders Save a Large Waterbird from Fishing Hook” (Ynet, November 9, 2014) he tells how the staff of the Birding Center in Eilat saved an egret that became entangled with a fishing line and hook. Apart from the fish it is aiming at, the fishing industry kills and injures a large number of animals which are “collateral damage.”




The Monkeys of the Hazor Farm

In her column “To the Last Monkey” (Ha’aretz, October 30, 2014), Orna Rinat writes about the efforts of animal-rights activists to ensure that the monkeys remaining in the Hazor farm are moved to a rehabilitation facility. The farm owners plan to move them to a farm abroad, from where they would be sold for use in experiments. In 2013 the Ministry for the Protection of the Environment ordered the farm to cease functioning within two years, but fears remain regarding the fate of the approximately 1,300 monkeys still left in it.




Transfer of Authority: Animal Cruelty Act

In his article “Legal Advisor: Move Responsibility for Enforcing the Animal Cruelty Act from the Ministry of Agriculture due to Conflict of Interest: (Ha’aretz, October 28, 2014), Tsafrir Rinat reports that the Israeli governmental legal advisor, Yehuda Weinstein, has called publicly to transfer the authority for enforcing this law from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry for the Protection of the Environment, due to a conflict of interest in the former, which is very closely aligned with the interests of the food industry. The animal-rights organization Anonymous has campaigned for years to remove enforcement of the Animal Rights Act from the Ministry of Agriculture, because it has repeatedly demonstrated that it does not enforce the law adequately.




Rabbis of Beit Hillel Against Animal Cruelty

 In a statement by the rabbis of “Beit Hillel” published under the headline “Ethical Kashrut – Cruelty to Animals as a Consideration Regarding Food.” the organization urges the public to raise its level of awareness of the state of animals in the food industry, and to act to prevent cruelty towards them – both by supporting animal-protection legislation, and by changing personal consumption habits. The statement reads in part: “it is not possible to decisively determine where is the borderline between reasonable harm to animals [to supply] for the needs of human beings, and causation of unreasonable suffering. But it is not reasonable that intense suffering should be caused to animals in the food industry, and that we should eat our food without drawing any red lines. Therefore it is appropriate that everyone should be aware, as far as possible, of the treatment of the animals up until the food arrives on our table, and should decide what they consider to be appropriate and what they oppose, and should act to improve the attitude towards animals in the food industry."




Protection of Mice

In his article “Following Protest, University of Ariel’s Demonstration Operations on Mice Canceled” (Haaretz, Sept. 14, 2014),  Ilan Lior reports on the criticism of Ariel University over its program to perform public operations on mice during its “Scientists’ Eve” event. In the wake of the criticism, it was decided to cancel the program.




An End to Exploitation of Horses

In his article “The Old Clothes Wagon Leaves the Road For Good” (Ynet, Sept. 19, 2014), Hillel Posk reports that the Knesset’s Economics Committee has approved the prohibition on the use of donkeys and horses to draw wagons.




Animal March

The Animal March – a protest event in the campaign for animal rights – was held on Sept. 9, 2014. About 5,000 demonstrators took part. The event was widely covered by the media.




Freedom Farm

In his article “Dream Come True: First Israeli Shelter-Farm for Animals Opened” (Nana 10, August 26, 2014), Oren Ben-Yosef reports on the opening of “Freedom Farm,” “the first farm of its kind in Israel, for the rehabilitation of farm animals rescued from abuse or abandoned.”

A similar article, “First Animal Freedom Farm in Israel” by Tal Levin, was published in “Akhbar ha-Ir” (“Mouse About Town”) on August 12, 2014.




Monkey Victory

In her article “The Struggle Succeeded: El Al Won’t Fly Monkeys for Mazor Farm” (Wallah!, August 11, 2014), Gali Ginat reports on the Supreme Court decision that El Al is allowed to refuse to fly animals intended for experiments. The decision was reached following a petition by the Mazor Farm to compel El Al to carry monkeys from the farm to foreign labs conducting experiments, submitted after El Al ended its collaboration with the Farm following protests by animal-rights activists.




Abusive Regulations

In his column “To Save Animals from the Ministry of Agriculture” (Mako, July 15, 2014), Dadi Shai criticizes the regulations for the Animal Cruelty Law that the Ministry of Agriculture submitted this week for Knesset approval. Tthe regulations that were approved include permission to shut pigs up in narrow cells which do not even allow them to turn around, for up to a week. Other regulations which are due to be discussed shortly deal with mutilation of piglets – removal of tails, teeth and testicles – and permission to  perform these operations without anesthetic, on piglets that are less than a week old! The article calls for the Animal Cruelty Law to be removed from the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture and moved to a different ministry.




Against Live Shipping

In her article “The Lawyer who Dreams of Making Us Vegetarians” (Mynet, Eilat, July 10, 2014) Toni Lis interviews the animal-rights activist from Eilat, Attorney Yonatan Rabinovitz, “one of the leaders in the fight against transporting live animals on ships from Australia to Israel.” The article notes: “as more and more details have been revealed of the way in which this live meat reaches our plates, including terrible pictures of calves having to wallow in their own excrement, of dead animals that did not survive the voyage, and of piles of carcases outside the quarantine stations, more and more of the people of Eilat, disgusted by what is happening, have started to protest against live shipments.”




How Animals Grieve

In her article “Animal Grief: How Do They Mourn?” (Israel Today, May 20, 2014) Smadar Brandeis looks at different expressions of grief among animals, including the ways in which crows, elephants, chimps, cats and dogs, among other animals, cope with the death of those near and dear to them.




Animal Rights Law

In her article “State Comptroller Reveals: 20 Years of Non-Enforcement of Animal Rights Law” (Globes, May 19, 2014), Shlomit Tzur surveys the State Comptroller’s report, which severely criticizes the inadequate enforcement of the law over the 20 years since it was passed. Although the Ministry of Agriculture was empowered to pass regulations regarding permitted ways of keeping animals in the various industries which utilize them, for many areas of operation no such regulations have been passed, leaving the animals unprotected. Furthermore, the report reveals that in many cases, the Ministry’s veterinary inspections are inadequate, leading to high levels of contamination in animal products; this endangers not just the animals but also consumers. The animal-rights organizations have long been urging that responsibility for enforcing the Animal Rights Law should be taken from the Ministry of Agriculture and moved to the Ministry for Environmental Protection.




Demo Against Subsidizing Cruelty

In the article “Demonstrations against Removing Customs Duty on Imported Calves: Where Does the Money Come From?” (Globes, May 2, 2014), Nadav Neuman reports on the demonstration organized by animal-rights organizations (Anonymous, Let Animals Live, and Green Trend) against the plan of the Ministries of Finance, the Economy and Agriculture to cancel the customs duty on importing live calves, and to increase the subsidies to the animal-based food industry, at tax-payer expense. The Minister for Environmental Protection, Amir Peretz, also expressed his support for the protest, and appealed to the Prime Minister to stop the plan.




Enforcing the Animal Cruelty Act

In the TV program Making Order (Channel 2, April 23, 2014), Gal Gabai interviewed Dr. Asaf Harduf, an expert on the Animal Cruelty Act, and Ori Shavit, an animal-rights activist. Both criticize the poor enforcement of the Animal Cruelty Act: complaints lodged under the Act are often not followed-up at all, and those that are, usually end in light fines, never in prison sentences. Harduf and Shavit reiterated the need to move the responsibility for enforcing the Animal Cruelty Act from the Ministry of Agriculture in order to improve its enforcement.




The Environmental Damage From the Meat Industry

In his article “A Rolling Ball: The Harm Done by the Meat Industry” (Kalkalist, April 2, 2014), Itai Lahat surveys a new report from the UN’s Biodiversity Center, which points to the animal-based foods industry as one of the main factors responsible for the extinction of wildlife, and recommends a reduction in meat consumption as the way to deal with the problem.




Bullfights

In his article “A Dead Loss: Spain Declares War on Killing Bulls” (Ma’ariv, 18 March 2014), Graham Kili reports on the decline in popularity of bullfights. Over the last five years, the number of these spectacles has dropped by nearly 40%, due to the growing criticism by animal-rights organizations. In Catalonia, one of the Spanish provinces, a law was passed in 2011 forbidding the staging of any form of entertainment which includes the abuse of bulls – leading to the closure of the oldest bullfighting arena in Spain.




Endangered Lions

In her article “Estimate: in 10 years no lions will be left in the wild (Ma’ariv, 10 March 2014) Dalia Mazor surveys the global protest against the threat to lions. The lions’ survival is threatened both because of the destruction of their natural habitat, and because of the “enclosure hunts” industry, which captures lions and keeps them in enclosures so that tourists can shoot them without any danger to themselves.




Dog abuse in Municipal Pounds

In her article “A Dog’s Life: Abuse, Neglect and Death” (Israel Today, 16 Jan 2014) Netta Bar-Yosef reveals the maltreatment and neglect to which dogs are subjected in municipal dog pounds in Israel. “There are dogs there in conditions of criminal neglect, without even basic care; dogs that are starved because they are considered dangerous breeds. Many vets report dogs removed from quarantine and brought to them in terrible condition, some that cannot even stand on their legs” she reports.




The Cost of Abandoning Animals

In his column “You Abandoned a Pet – Pay!” (Ma’ariv, December 22, 2013), Gai Nussen  reviews a precedent-setting verdict from the Eilat Magistrate's Court, in which a family that abandoned a dog which was later found and cared for by the “Let Animals Live” society will be charged for the cost of its care, in addition to the court costs.




The Wool Industry
In his article “Video Reveals Cruelty to Angola Rabbits” (16 Dec 2013) Shai Alon reports on a secret investigation by an animal-rights organization which uncovered severe cruelty to rabbits used in the production of angora wool. They spend their entire lives isolated in tiny cages, their fur is stripped from the skin while they are still alive, or is shorn while they are tied up and writhing in an attempt to escape. In the wake of the exposure, a number of fashion companies, including H&M, Marks and Spencer and Calvin Klein, announced that they would stop using angola wool.




Negligence at the Ministry of Agriculture

In his article “Cruelty to Animals Law: Fines Mandated but Not Collected” (Israel Today, 4 Dec 2013, p. 23) Dan Lavie reports that the Ministry of Agriculture neglects its duty to collect fines levied because of offences under the Cruelty to Animals law. In the last three years, fines totally nearly 800,000 Israeli shekels have been levied but not collected. In 2011 legislation was passed which defined some of the offences under the Cruelty to Animals law as  “administrative offences,” which enables the Ministry’s inspectors, for the purposes of shortening the legal processes, to levy fines in lieu of trying the offenders for cruelty. But if the fines are not collected, the Cruelty to Animals law is stripped of all meaning. The article includes the response of the Minister for Protection of the Environment, Amir Peretz, who calls for the Cruelty to Animals Law to be transferred out of the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture.

 




Transfer of Responsibility for Animal Cruelty Law (Ha’aretz)
In his short notice headlined “Netanyahu Set Up a Team to Examine the Division of Responsibility for Animal Cruelty” (Ha’aretz, 25 Nov 2013), Barak Ravid reports that the Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has set up an inter-ministerial team to examine the suggestion that the responsibility for enforcing the animal cruelty laws should be moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry for Environment Protection. Animal-rights societies have been calling for this move for a long time, because of the conflict of interest that arises, since the Ministry of Agriculture is closely aligned with the interests of the animal-derived-food industry. The suggestion to move responsibility recurred recently in the Knesset in the wake of the recent debate on Zoglobek’s slaughterhouse.




Indictment against hatchery (Ynet, 25 Nov 2013)
In his article “Indictment: Baby Chicks Thrown into Garbage Alive” Erez Erlichman reports that an indictment was served against the Nordiyyah hatchery after animal-rights activists using hidden cameras revealed that it regularly threw checks into the garbage while still alive. Although, following Ministry of Agriculture regulations which permit killing chicks using gas, the chicks had been gassed first, nobody bothered to check that they were indeed dead before disposing of them, resulting in some live ones being thrown into the garbage. The Ramit hatchery was convicted of similar offences in 2011, and fined 60,000 NIS; despite the conviction, activists from Anonymous documented that the hatchery subsequently continued to throw away live chicks.




Saving Chickens (Israel Today)
In the article “The Chicken-coop Gang” (Israel Today, Shabbat supplement, p. 52-56), Smadar Brandeis surveys the increasing practice of adopting chickens that have been saved from the egg and poultry industry. She interviews the comedian Shai Goldstein, the animal-rights activist Gaia Goldberg of “Anonymous” and others who have chosen to give chickens a new life in a warm and caring home. The article provides a link to an online form for others willing to adopt chickens and other animals saved from intensive-rearing farms.



Fur Law (Mako)
In his column “Continuing Cruelty Towards Animals in Israel – Due to Bureaucracy” (Mako, 22 Nov 2013), Dedi Shai explains how, in the previous Knesset, a bill to limit the fur trade in Israel was thwarted: although on first reading it gained wide support from Knesset members, it was then “buried” in the Knesset Committee on Education, Culture and Sport, which prevented the transfer for a second and third reading needed to turn it into law.

in his article “Hundreds Protest in Tel Aviv Against Fur Industry” (Ynet, 29 Nov 2013), Erez Erlichman surveys a demonstration against the trade in fur products and similarly notes the delay caused by the Committee, which eventually resulted in a failure to pass the bill.



Forced Feeding of Geese
In the TV program “New Order” (20 Nov 2013) Ben Caspit interviews Ori Shavit, who described the fight against the force-feeding of geese and ducks – a cruel practice whereby huge amounts of food are forcibly pushed into their stomachs in order to increase the size of their livers to more than ten times normal size. This results in liver disease, pressure on other internal organs and other injuries. Although furce-feeding of geese and ducks has been outlawed in Israel, liver products produced this way are still imported from countries where it is legal. A new bill, similar to the one recently passed in California, seeks to forbid LAO the import of liver produced by force-feeding.



Court Decides: El Al Not Required to Transport Animals for Experiments
In his short notice “Supreme Court: El Al is Entitled to Stop Transporting Monkeys from Mazor Farm” (Ynet, 14 Nov 2013), Erez Erlichman reports the decision of the Supreme Court that El Al will not be required to carry monkeys for experiment against its own decision. In 2010 El Al decided, in response to the continued protest of animal-rights activists, to stop flying the monkeys exported from the Mazor farm – in line with similar decisions of airlines world-wide, to refuse to fly animals to experiments. The Mazor farm petitioned the court to require El Al to fly the monkeys, which it exports to laboratories in the United States. The Court’s decision, together with the recent decision of the Environmental Protection Ministry to close the Mazor Farm’s activity within two years, improves the chances that the few monkeys still at the farm will be rehabilitated and not used in experiments.




Municipal Dog Pounds
In her report “Municipal Pounds: Hundreds of Dogs Kept in Illegal Conditions” (Channel 2 News, 13 Nov 2013), Yael Odem reveals the terrible conditions in municipal dog pounds across Israel. Although the Ministry of Agriculture has set regulations defining the minimum requirements for the pounds, it does not enforce them, so that many dogs continue to suffer neglect.




Following Secret Investigation at Zoglobek: Slaughterhouse Idled
On October 29, 2013 the investigative-journalism program Kolbotek broadcast a report on severe cruelty to chickens and turkeys at the slaughterhouse of the Zoglobek company in Shlomi. The program resulted in a wave of media reactions including from Tsipi Livni the Law Minister and M.P.s Dov Chanin, Rubi Rivlin and Dov Lipman; two new bills to increase protection of animals; a reduction of several dozen percent in the sales of Zoglobek products, and consequent idling of the slaughterhouse.

On November 6, 2013 a further discussion of the subject was held in the Knesset.




Ten Months After Disclosure: Charges Brought Against Slaughterhouse Workers
On October 1, 2013 charges were finally brought against four of the workers at Tnuva’s “Adom Adom” slaughterhouse – nearly 10 months after the “Kolbotek” investigative-journalism TV program revealed cruelty to calves and lambs in it, as reported above. The charges have revived the discussion around the case, and led to a call to reveal on TV the pictures of the slaughter process filmed for the investigation but never used either in Barr’s original video or in the Kolbotek report.




Protest at Slaughterhouse
In his article “Bet She’an: Animal Activists Chain Themselves to Gates of “Adom Adom” Factory” (Ynet, Sept 2013), Erez Erlichman reports on a protest at the slaughterhouse of Tnuva’s “Adom Adom” brand. Twelve protesters were arrested; the police is considering bringing charges against them. An undercover investigation of the slaughterhouse by Ronen Barr, an activist from the “Anonymous” animal-rights organization, which was used by the investigative-journalism program Kolbotek nine months ago, revealed severe cruelty to the calves and lambs, including beating them all over their bodies, the use of electric shockers, dragging them by their legs or other body parts, or using a fork-lift. Despite the long time since the TV program aired, those responsible for the cruelty have not yet been charged.




Poisoning Birds
The article “Criminal Investigation Against Aroma Cafes in Tel Aviv: Suspected of Poisoning Birds” (Walla!, 2 Sept 2013) reports that an investigation will be opened against the Aroma coffee-shop chain in Tel Aviv, following video footage documenting the poisoning of sparrows in one of the chain’s branches, uploaded to Facebook by one of its customers. The “Aroma Tel Aviv” chain announced that it will conduct an internal investigation of the branch’s franchise owner, and consider filing a civil complaint against him.



 

Experiments on Animals – Ha’aretz

In his article “First Time in 5 Years: Increase in Animal Experiments in Israel” (May 25, 2013) Dan Even reports that the number of animals subjected to experiments in Israel in 2012 reached 282,538 – a 1% increase relative to 2011, reversing a downward trends over the previous five years. According to the report of the Council on Animal Experiments, the number of mice increased from 177,834 in 2011 to 194,626 in 2012, and the use of spiny mice and jirds (such as gerbils) also increased significantly. (Even does not report the number of rats). The number of chickens used also increased, to 21,428.  In 10% of the experiments performed in 2012 (256 out of 2,473) the level of suffering was at the highest of the 5 possible levels. 96.8% of the animals were put to death at the end of the experiment. On a brighter note, the number of larger mammals used decreased significantly: the number of monkeys decreased from 33 in 2011 to 26 in 2012, very low in comparison to the 100 a year used a decade ago. The number of dogs decreased from 14 to only 2, and the number of cats from 4 to 2.

 

Beilinson v. Cats – mynet (Petach Tikva)

In his article “Beilinson: Employees Forbidden to Feed Street Cats” (May 23, 2013) Uri Kedar reports on the battle between Beilinson hospital and the “Let Animals Live” charity, which has called on the hospital to revoke its recent rule forbidding hospital employees to feed cats, and its practice of setting traps to catch cats and transfer them far from their territory.

 

Animal Rights in Court

On May 12, 2013 the Haifa District Court rejected the appeal of Nasser Baliman, who was convicted of cruelty to a dog. In his verdict, Judge Daniel Fish summarizes the legal attitude to animals, and calls for a recognition of animals as possessors of legal rights: “Classical law saw animals as merely objects or property. According to that point of view, people could do as they wished with animals, with no limitations… animals had no rights of any kind, neither the right to freedom from cruelty nor the right to life. In accordance with that perception, humans did cruel and destructive things to animals for generations: they were hunted, caught, slaughtered, tortured for fun or sport, killed for pleasure or to prevent their population growth. Under the rule of man, the lives of animals were lives of great suffering, and many became extinct in the absence of a law preventing it. And if there were laws forbidding anything in the conduct of man towards animals, breaking those laws resulted in only slight punishment. This attitude to animals prevailed for a very long time, right up to recent decades. But gradually the legal attitude to animals has changed…. My opinion is that the law should move from an approach that expresses merely compassion for animals to one that recognizes that animals have independent legal rights to a certain extent. The legal meaning of such a change will be that the obligations of people towards animals will not be measured in terms of showing compassion due to them from their masters, but by criteria derived from people’s position as their guardians.”

Coverage of this verdict in the media: Tsafrir Rinat, “District Judge: give Animals Independent Legal Rights,” Ha’aretz, May 13, 2013; “The Judge Ruled: To Recognize the Legal Rights of Animals,” Ynet, May 13, 2013; Yonatan Halali, “First Time in Israel: Legal Rights for Animals,” Ma’ariv, May 13, 2013.

 

Knesset Channel Protects Animals

This week M.K. Dov Lipman called the other Knesset members to protect animals, following an accident involving a truck belonging to the food-industry firm Zoglobek which was taking turkeys to the slaughterhouse. The truck overturned and exposed the cruel overcrowding of the birds in the cages in which they were being transported. Lipman said “a deep change is needed, one that cuts across ethnic, educational and parliamentary differences, in order to stop these practices. I will never understand what causes people to practice cruelty on defenseless living creatures.”

 

Red Sea – Eilat Animal Police

In her article “Volunteer Unit Launched in Eilat Region to Enforce Cruelty to Animals Law” (April 13, 2013) Ronit Zilberstein reports on the founding of a police unit, comprising eleven people, whose duty will be solely to deal with those who break the animal-cruelty law in Eilat.

 

 





Knesset Channel TV: In the program “Open Studio” (March 28, 2013) Orit Lavi-Nashiel interviewed Omer Ginsburg from the organization “Anonymous” and Chana Regev from “Jerusalem Loves Animals”, who explain why the Ministry of Agriculture, which has the interests of farmers at heart, is in a state of conflict of interests in its role when it needs to enforce the animal-cruelty laws. Recently an initiative was started to transfer responsibility for enforcing the animal-cruelty laws from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry of the Environment.

 


Debate on Vegetarianism – Maariv: In his column “Choosing to be Cruel” (April 2, 2013), Dedi Shai answers the claims raised by Ar’el Segal in his column “Meat is Essential” (March 23, 2013) as follows: “There is no animal in nature but Man who chooses to eat meat. Wolves, lions and other predators eat animals, not because they’re tasty, easy prey or because it’s right, but because that’s what their instincts direct them to do. They must eat meat to live; they have never had a choice in the matter. Man is the only creature faced with a moral dilemma of whether to eat other animals or not… in our world, not only do people have the choice of being vegetarian – it isn’t even a very hard choice.” 


Animal Police in Eilat: In her article “Volunteer Unit of Eilat Area Police Launched to Enforce Cruelty to Animals Laws (April 13, 2013), Ronit Zilberstein reports on an 11-person unit which will deal only with enforcing the laws against cruelty to animals, in Eilat.

 

 

Anti-Extortion (Ynet): In his column “After Chopped-Off Cattle Heads: the Next Provocation is On its Way,” (March 20, 2013) Itai Ilanai interviews animal-rights activist Sasha Beaujour (Free269) about the animal heads left in fountains in Tel-Aviv, which aroused a great deal of anger. Beaujour: “Why don’t you ask who chops off those heads every day, instead of asking who puts them in front of your eyes?”

 

 

Abandonment (Ynet): in his article “150 Public Service Hours for the Man who Abandoned his Dog in the Woods” (March 18, 2013) Erez Erlichman reports that the Haifa courts gave a penalty of public service only, without a criminal record, to a man who abandoned his dog, even though abandonment is an offence against the Animal Cruelty laws and the maximum penalty for it is a year’s imprisonment. Another article, “His Dog Grew Old so he Abandoned Her” (Mako, March 18, 2013) reports on another criminal proceeding concerning abandoning a dog. Erlichman quotes a Ministry of Agriculture spokesperson: “The number of dogs abandoned in Israel is estimated to be about 50,000 a year, but unofficial estimates put the number much higher, perhaps as high as 100,000 dogs a year. These find their deaths in the municipal and county pounds after efforts to find adoptive homes fail.” Punishments strong enough to be a deterrent would help to limit the phenomenon, but the courts do not give them.

 



 

Wild Animals at Home – Maariv: The article “Astonishment in Rishon le-Zion: Zoo Discovered in a Residential Apartment” (March 17, 2013) reports on the confiscation of wild animals, some of them protected species, from a man who kept them in his home. Some were released to the wild.

To report such cases, phone the Nature and Parks Authority at *6911.

 


Flying Animals to Experiments – Haaretz: In the article “Academics Against the Universities: Let El Al Refuse to Fly Animals to Experiments” (March 19, 2013) Ilan Lior reports on a petition of university faculty members to the heads of the universities, urging them not to object to El Al’s decision to refuse to fly animals for experiments. El Al agreed, following public pressure and a long campaign organized by animal-rights societies, to stop transporting them. In addition to the cruelty of the experiments themselves, these animals suffer from hard transport conditions in which they are kept for a long time.

 

Another source for the same information: Erez Erlichman, “Academic Dispute Around Flying Animals to Experiments,” Ynet, March 19, 2013.

 


Supreme Court: Increase Punishment for Crimes Against Animals

In a judgment handed down on Jan. 27, 2013, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of a porcupine hunter against his prison sentence. The accused, Rami Pachmau, was convicted last October of an offence against the Wild Animals Protection law, after hundreds of porcupine quills were found at his home. His prison sentence is a precedent: it is the first time such a sentence has been awarded for an offence against this law since it was passed in 1955, even though the law itself sets the maximum penalty at two years of prison – more than Pachmau received – for similar offences.

 

Over-light sentences for offences against the Wild Animal Protection law are considered to be a hindrance to its efficient enforcement. The new willingness to give heavier sentences is a signpost in the fight against harming wild animals.

 

Exciting Words: A Supreme Court judge, Salim Jubran, stressed in his judgment the duty of all courts to give heavier sentences for offences regarding harming animals. He mentioned not only illegal hunting but also organized industries that harm animals. Although he divided animals into “wild animals” and “pets,” without addressing “farm animals” – which are the most subject to abuse – later in his judgment he mentioned abuse of animals in the food industries as well as in experiments.

 

From the judge’s words: “Cruelty and harm to animals, apart from the indirect harm it does to the people, indicates hardness of heart and lack of feeling… We hear constantly of shocking experiments performed on animals for commercial reasons, on cruel confinement conditions of farm animals in the food industry, of the increasing limitation of living areas for protected animals trying to survive in their natural surroundings… It is our duty to limit inso far as we possible can, the pain we cause, especially to those whose cries we cannot hear and who cannot fight for their own rights. “ 

 

Cosmetic Experiments – Globes: In her article “Why Don’t They Take Cosmetics Tested on Animals Off the Shelves?” (Jan. 14, 2013) Inbal Omer explains the defects in the law against the import and marketing of cosmetic products tested on animals. Although the law took force at the start of this year, the marketing of such products continues, because its implementation is dependent on the Ministry of Health’s authorizing alternatives to testing on animals. Although it has not yet done so, it uses the new law as justification for demanding to forbid the use of the rabbit symbol which companies that do not test their products on animals currently mark them with.

 

 

The Last Knesset – Galei Zahal army radio channel: in a report broadcast in the program “It’ll Be OK” (Jan. 15, 2013) Yael Amit sums up the animal-rights activities of the outgoing Knesset, emphasizing the fight to move the enforcement of the Animal Cruelty Act out of the Ministry of Agriculture and the fight against the export of animals for experiments.

 

The Nature of Things (animal communication) – Ynet: In his article “Animals Talk, We Just Don’t Understand” (Jan. 5, 2013) the zoologist Nadav Levi surveys the communication ability of animals, both with others of their species, and animals that have managed to learn a human language, i.e. gorillas and chimps that have learnt human sign language, and the parrot Alex, who learnt the meaning of about 150 words in English, including abstract concepts.


 In the Cold and Wet – Ynet: In his article “It’s Cold Outside: Caring for Pets in Winter” (Dec. 23, 2012) Erez Erlichman and the Let Animals Live society give us some tips on looking after dogs and cats in the winter, including protecting street and yard cats.

 

They Shoot Dogs in This Country: In his article “Minister Arden Authorized the Shooting of Stray Dogs in Public Gardens and Parks” Tsafrir Rinat reports that the Minister for Environmental Protection authorized the shooting of stray dogs a few years after he had cancelled such authorization. The article does not explain that the stray dogs were in fact dogs that had been abandoned, and that the problem can be contained by spaying or neutering them and by enforcing the animal cruelty laws.

 

 

The Mazor Farm – Ynet: the article “For the Monkeys: Hunger Strike by Gilad Arden’s House: reports on a hunger strike by Anabel Zamir opposite the house of the Minister for Protection of the Environment, Gilad Arden, which she intends to continue until he comes to a decision about the Mazor Farm, which catches wild monkeys and breeds them for use in experiments. The Minister’s decision has been pending for several months, and it is feared it may be delayed until after the elections and left to be decided by a Minister who does not have animal and environmental rights at heart, like the one who preceded Arden.

 

Zamir’s article of November 6, 2012, “The Right Choice: to Close the Mazor Farm” tells of her fight to close the farm against the background of the coming elections.

 Anonymous Activity: In his article “The Girls who Fight Animal Cruelty” (Nov. 2, 2012) Ran Katz interviews two activists of the organization Anonymous, Nicole Kritzin and Katie Oren, about the organization’s activity: “our aim is to get people to understand that animals are also living creatures. They feel, they fear, and we shouldn’t exploit them just because they can’t tell us how badly off they are.”

 

 

Catching an Abuser - Ynet: In the article “Security Cameras Filmed Youth Kicking Cat in Eilat” (Nov. 22, 2012) Meir Ochion tells how a youth who abused a cat was caught and questions after his actions were caught on a security camera and the film was distributed on the Internet in order to discover his identity.

 

Another source for this item: Avi Ashkenazi, “Once Again, Cat Abuser Arrested Thanks to Facebook” – Maariv, Nov. 22, 2012.

 

Transfer of Authority – Mako: In her column “The Government Has Abandoned Animals” (October 22, 2012) Etti Altman, the spokesperson of the organization “Let Animals Live” criticizes the Ministry of Agriculture’s faulty enforcement of the Animal Cruelty Act, often leaving it to be enforced by civilians. Altman calls for the authority to enforce the law to be moved from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry for Environmental Protection.

 

A Toothless Law – Channel 23: In a video report in the program “Putting Things in Order” (Oct. 2, 2012) Gal Gabai interviews Attorney Yossi Wolfson, an expert on animal-protection legislation, and Miriam Mondrey of the organization Anonymous, on the faulty enforcement of the Animal Cruelty Act. The report centers on who should enforce the law; it is currently mainly the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture but this results in a conflict of interests regarding abuse of (farm) animals.

Educating to Protect Nature – Maariv: In her article “The Children of Nature versus Ugly Israel” (Oct. 1, 2012) Carmit Sapir Weitz reports on an program to educate children to protect nature. A Parks Authority employee explains that “90% of people don’t harm nature intentionally, but out of ignorance. People come to the desert areas and ask “why are you angry because I left the trail? I didn’t harm anything” – but they don’t know that when they leave the trail and approach a cliff where an eagle is nesting, the nestling jumps out of the nest from fright and is killed.”

 

Animal Rescue: In her article “Dogs and Cats Rescued at Last Minute Before Becoming a Meal” (Sept. 27, 2012) Hofit Cohen reports on the rescue of animals kept in a caravan in harsh conditions, for use as food, and on the rehabilitation process of four of the dogs, for whom homes were eventually found.

 

 

Transfer of Responsibility: In his article “Anonymous Versus Noked: Stop Cruelty to Animals” (Sept. 7, 2012) Arnon Lapid reports on a bill to transfer responsibility for the Animal Cruelty Act from the Ministry of Agriculture to the Ministry for Protection of the Environment. He interviews the Anonymous activity Oded Kaufman, who tells about the conflict of interest of the Ministry of Agriculture, as the body which advances the interests of farmers but at the same time is in charge of enforcing the laws against animal cruelty.

 

Disabled Animals – Maariv: In her column “Animals With a Soul: Disabilities Don’t Bother Animals” (Sept. 5, 2012) Rona Cohen writes about the lives of crippled animals: a dog with a spinal chord injury, a deaf cat, a blind cat, a three-legged dog and others, all of whom have adapted to their disabilities.


 

Poisoned by Medication – Mynet: In his column “Poisoned Cats” (Sept. 9, 2012) Ohed Tills tells about a cat poisoned by an ampule of anti-flea medication: “Pay attention to the type, the date, and the weight of the animal to be treated with each specific ampule. Most important is to check that the medication is suitable for the type of animal. Be cautious, and if signs of poisoning occur, rinse the material off the animal’s skin at once and take it to the nearest vet.”





They Shoot Dogs, Don’t They? – Mynet (Galil and Jezreel Valley), June 28, 201
In her article “Horror: Dogs Found Shot in Industrial Area,” Vered Levy reports on dogs that were shot in Ramat Ishai and left to die a slow death. The shooting was carried out by a contractor engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Ministry, in a response, ignored the fact that the dogs were not killed outright but left to die, in contravention of the Animal Cruelty law.


The Mazor Farm – Ma’ariv, June 26, 2012
In his article “Supreme Court: Nature Authority will Decide Future of Animals Born on Mazor Farm,” Avi Gretzman reports the formal ratification of a compromise proposed by the Supreme Court regarding the Mazor Farm. The farm will be allowed to ship for experiments only monkeys bred on the farm, not those hunted in the wild. For the monkeys it wants to ship, the farm will have to make a renewed application to the Nature and Parks Authority, despite their attempt to authorize the shipment via a court order, circumventing the Authority.
Meanwhile, 13 performers and actors have joined the fight against the Mazor farm, and have taken part in a short film campaigning for the closure of the farm (reported in “Ofer Shechter and Orli Weinerman Against Mazor Farm,” June 25, 2012.)

Fire – Ma’ariv, June 26, 2012
In her article “After the Fire, Wild Animals Have No Place to Go,” Adi Hashmona’i reports on the fire in the Jerusalem hills, apparently caused by arson, which claimed many victims among the wild animals in the area. Those that managed to escape are now hit by the destruction of their natural habitat.
An additional source for this information: Ya’ir Altman, “Fire Services: the Fires Near Jerusalem are Part of a Wave of Arson,” Wallah! (online), June 26, 2012.

Experiments on Animals – Ha’aretz, June 24, 2012
An article headlined “97% of Animals Used in Experiments are Killed at End of Research” presents data published this week by the Council on Animal Experiments: in 2011, 279,608 animals were used in experiments in Israel, a decrease of 2.4% relative to 2010. Most of the animals used (83.5%) were rats and mice. In 62% of the experiments the animals suffered either protracted pain or severe and protracted stress. Approximately 97% of the animals were killed at the end of the experiment, and the rest were returned to agricultural herds or flocks, with the exception of a very few which were returned to nature or given for adoption.

An alternative source for the same information: Dan Even, “2.5% Decrease in Animal Experiments in 2011.”

 




The Israel Cat Lovers’ Society extends its warmest thanks to Ms. Brigitte Bardot and the Fund she established, for their generous help and donation for the welfare of the street cats of Haifa and its surroundings. The Brigitte Bardot fund enabled us to spay and neuter 460 homeless cats in the Hadar neighborhood of Haifa, thereby preventing the birth of thousands of miserable kittens whose only future would have been to suffer until their early death. Ms. Bardot believes in regulating the street-cat population in order to prevent suffering and abuse, and supports efforts to that end; and that is also the policy of the Israel Cat Lovers’ Society. We applaud the Brigitte Bardot Fund and hope and pray that other funds will join in its efforts, bringing comfort to the street cats of Haifa and its surroundings. Amen.

 March 20th, 2012




 

Plan for Dealing with Animal Abuse – Mynet, Northern Israel, March 3, 2012

In her article “Plan for Dealing with Animal Abuse,” Vered Levy reports on a plan to transfer cases of animal abuse from the police to the Northern region’s general attorney’s office, in order to deal with these cases more efficiently.

 

 

Animal Rights Day in the Knesset – February 26, 2012


Animal Rights Day was marked in the Knesset (Israeli parliament) on Feb. 26, 2012, by approving the preliminary reading of four animal-rights bills:

·         Reduction of quarantine time for animals that have bitten

·         Formulation of an educational program on preventing animal suffering, to be taught in the Israeli state educational system

·         Regulation of the supervision of, and limitations on, trades and professions involving animals

·         Authorization for inspectors to enter private yards and gardens, shops, “petting areas” and farm areas during unannounced visits for the purpose of checking cases of animal neglect or abuse, without needing a court warrant.

An additional bill to raise the license fee for dogs that had not been spayed or neutered, was passed with a reservation concerning the amount of the license fee.

The Knesset Speaker, Rubi Rivlin, noted during the debate that he himself had become a vegetarian following a visit to a slaughterhouse. MK Avraham Poraz said that he too had been a vegetarian since age 13, and called on the Minister for Agriculture to work towards abolishing the use of battery cages in the egg industry.

Reported by many media: Ynet, NRG, ThePulse, “Israel Today,” and Ha’aretz, 26-29 February 2012.

 

Wallah! Abuse! – “Wallah!” news portal, February 28, 2012

The article “Dramatic Rise in Animal Abuse Complaints” reports that the number of these complaints has reached around 20 per day. According to Ministry of Agriculture statistics, in 2011 the Ministry dealth with 303 abuse complaints, versus only 204 in the entire period 2008 through 2010.

(Also reported by Daliah Mazuri, “Rise in Animal Abuse Events in 2011,” Ma’ariv/NRG, Feb. 27, 2012).

 

Spaying and Neutering – MyNet, Beersheba, February 28, 2012

In his article “50% Reduction for Spaying/Neutering Pets in Beersheba,”  Ya’akov Levy reports on a campaign by Beersheba’s municipal veterinary department to encourage the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats, by offering reduced fees during the campaign period.

 

 

 

 Education – MyNet, January 9, 2012

In her article “New Initiative: Animal Abuse-Prevention Lessons,” Lihi Laufer reports on an initiative to incorporate lessons on the subject in the Netanya school system. The initiative is currently being developed jointly with the Netanya municipality and the Ministry of Education.