“The decision taken today is an important landmark in the process of revolutionizing society and making the world more compassionate.”
Israel has become the first country in the world to ban horse-drawn and donkey-drawn carts. These carts had “no place in a modern country like Israel,” said officials at the Israeli-based animal rights organization, Hakol Chai.
The campaign against the use of horse-drawn and donkey-drawn carts was launched over a decade ago by Hakol Chai, which translated means “Everything Lives.” Hakol Chai is the sister organization of the US-based organization Concern for Helping Animals. The newly approved regulation materialized from a Hakol Chai appeal to the Transportation Ministry and mayors throughout the country, as well as the Tel Aviv-Jaffa City Council.
“Carts with animals harnessed to them on Israeli roads constitute a significant danger to drivers and pedestrians, and they often cause traffic delays and unnecessary traffic jams,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz told the newspaper, Haaretz.
The ban prohibits alte zachen, – which means “old things” in Yiddish – peddlers, from using horses, or donkeys to pull carts full of repurposed second-hand items. Peddlers used to navigate through the city streets collecting residents’ garbage, including anything from appliances to clothing and furniture, presumably for resale, scrap metal or junking. While some environmentalists praised the reuse of old items, animal activists argued that the horses were paying the price…(CONTINUED)
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