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Israel Bans Horse and Donkey-Drawn Carts

by Joan Reddy as published in

“The decision taken today is an important landmark in the process of revolutionizing society and making the world more compassionate.”

Cart HorseIsrael 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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  1. Horse drawn carriages do have a place in certain open areas like parks. They do not belong on busy streets in Chicago, New York and other large cities. It is a fact that the poor horses/ponies suffer from the pollution from vehicles and other environmental conditions. Good for Isreal for taking this step. How many times have we read articles about animals falling down in these busy streets. Sometimes the operators of these businesses don’t give a damn about their welfare, only the money that is derived from the rides. Perhaps our country could learn a lesson.


  2. This is what I commented on the article:
    OK – I have to ask. What happens to the donkeys & horses if they are no longer needed? Do they all have sanctuaries or people who will care for them? Not to be pessimistic, but getting them off the streets is one thing – where do they go from there? The other question is – what happens to the people who have depended on these animals? I would imagine if they could afford vehicles, they wouldn’t be using the horses! So do the people, as well as the horses, lose their way of making a living?


    • I also agree with the idea of getting horses off the city street as in NYC – maybe moving them to Central Park. But in Israel, doesn’t sound like there are any regulations they have to follow. In both cases, what happens to the animals. I read these “animal activists” claims that they will all go to sanctuaries – but those of us who follow RT & other blogs know better than that.


      • Most of those so-called “animal-activists” never think about the repercussions to their actions. Commonsense goes out the window when it is strong emotions that rule the thinking. This is just like when folks from Earth Liberation Front, years ago, used to set all the zoo animals loose (upon the streets and everywhere) – without thinking that these animals where bred in captivity, for generations, and only knew about the living conditions of being in a zoo. Some of the newly-loosed animals would get severely hurt with run-ins in traffic! – Now WHERE was the commonsense in all that?

        Seems more to me that Israel became one of the latest examples of trying to rid their society of “the old ways”. Most political systems want us all to completely forget the “old ways” because to them, “ignorance is bliss”. There again, there are plenty of examples of “politics” lacking commonsense AND morals.


  3. FoA Protests BLM Wild Horse Roundups in Wyoming
    September 24, 2014 | wild horses
    FoA Protests BLM Wild Horse Roundups in Wyoming
    On Monday, as two helicopters ripped 20 stallions, 11 mares and five colts from their families at the Bar X District Line Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area of Wyoming, Friends of Animals and supporters protested these criminal actions against America’s wild horses at the Rock Springs Holding Facility.
    As the organization waited for supporters from Kansas, Wyoming and Utah to arrive, members could see and hear foals whinnying to their families who they were cruelly separated from in the holding pens. A man on horseback chased one group of horses from one enclosure to another, trying to break their spirit and make them more “adoptable.”

    Fueled by the scene in front of them, around 10:30 a.m., 13 protesters marched from the public viewing area of the facility to the main gate leading to the holding pens carrying banners and signs and chanting, “Stop the roundups, stop the pain, BLM is to blame,” “Let them be, wild and free,” and “BLM lies, horses die” as BLM staff and local sheriffs looked on.
    Protesters also put up crime scene tape across the gate and used a megaphone to shout facts about why the roundups in the Checkerboard Herd Management Area of Wyoming are blatantly violating federal laws.
    The group then descended upon the BLM’s Rock Springs Field Office—where staff members engineer the horrific roundups happening in Wyoming—and entered the main lobby of the building with banners and posters, chanting and again making speeches through the megaphone. Edita Birnkrant, campaigns director for FoA, laid crime scene tape across the floor and on the front desk, before reading off more than a 100 names of people from all over the world who wanted to attend the protest but were not able to.
    Birnkrant asked if there was a BLM representative who would be willing to come out and speak with protesters but didn’t get a response.
    After leaving the field office, protesters went back to the holding facility to document the horses who had been rounded up that day, but waited until 4 p.m. and none of the 36 horses arrived. FoA did learn that in addition to rounding up 36 horses that day, two horses died.
    Sadly, as FoA was returning to the East Coast Tuesday, two helicopters gathered 30 more stallions, 35 more mares and 12 more colts at the Bar X District Line Trap in the Great Divide Basin Herd Management Area.
    Last week in Wyoming 179 wild horses had been ripped from their families due to the Bureau of Land Management’s criminal reign of terror. Hundreds more are set to be brutally removed off the land and imprisoned in barren holding facilities where many are then “adopted” and end up in slaughterhouses.
    FoA will continue to spread the word that endangered species status is only hope for Wyoming’s wild horses.
    Sept. 15 marked the deadline for when U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had to respond to Friends of Animals’ petition to list North American wild horses on public lands as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the best hope for the survival of wild horses in Wyoming and other states since the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act (WHBA), which was passed in 1971, has failed to protect our wild horses.
    Listing wild horses, which the BLM claims are non-native despite scientific evidence, as either threatened or endangered under the ESA would provide needed regulation to halt further exploitation of this species, particularly roundups removing the animals from their range.


  4. This concerns me that Israel would do this at this time. Many Palestinians make there living with a horse/mule cart. During the fighting in Gaza many got there water from the carts, because fuel was getting scarce & electric was on only briefly. People used generators for electric in many homes. Because of the occupation of Gaza & the West Bank there are many things Palestinians cant do. In the West Bank it is already illegal for Palestinians to drive cars on many of the settlers roads. This will not bode well for the animals.


    • That’s a reason I didn’t think of. And it makes sense.
      This does sound an awful lot like one more punishment – for the people and the animals.


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