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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Horse and Donkey Abuse in Tel Aviv

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel (ISPCA) is fighting against the overwork, neglect and abuse of work horses and donkeys in Tel Aviv.

The difficulty is mainly legal. The horses in the city pass from hand to hand. In order to confiscate an animal, it is necessary to prove that its legal owner is the one who has harmed it and not some other drayman. Moreover, in order to convict the abuser in court, there is a needed to prove that he is the legal owner of the horse.

{Dr. Zvi Galin, the Tel Aviv municipal veterinarian} relates that when the municipality began taking action against the carters, they raised a huge outcry: "They demonstrated outside the ISPCA and then they came to our shelter in the north of the city and claimed that we were harming their livelihood," he says.

Photo by PensEye.

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