Target: Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
Goal: Applaud the first nationwide ban on horse and donkey-drawn carriage rides
Israel has recently become the first country to ban horse and donkey-drawn carriage rides after a decade-long campaign by animal rights groups. The ban will prohibit peddlers, called alte zachen, from using horses and donkeys to pull carts of second-hand items through city streets. These peddlers, which are quite common in many Israeli cities, pull around discarded and re-purposed items on old rickshaw carts which can be unbalanced and broken, causing extra stress to the creatures pulling them.
Horse-drawn carriages can pose threats to both humans and the animals pulling the carriages. Horses and donkeys are forced to work long days in searing heat, breathing pollution on city streets without breaks to eat and drink. The animals can sometimes get spooked in the commotion of traffic, causing injury and even death to themselves or motorists.
Unfortunately, the new legislation leaves a loophole allowing tourist-industry carriages to continue to operate. While these carriages follow stricter regulations, they still pose the same risks to humans and animals. Experts say that this hole in the ban laws could be open to abuse by peddlers, who only need to pretend to take tourists around to continue operations.
This ban on horse and donkey-drawn carriages will have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of animals across Israel. Despite this, there is still work to do to ensure that all animals are protected. Sign the petition below to thank Israel for its actions, and ask that it move to cut out tourist carriages as well, which pose the same threats.
Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,
Israel recently imposed a ban on carriages pulled by horses and donkeys. The ban will outlaw the use of live animals by alte zachen, peddlers who gather secondhand and re-purposed goods from the trash and cart them around the city. Banning these carriages will improve the lives of thousands of animals, who work long hours in extreme heat with few breaks for food and water.
While this is a big step forward, tourist-industry carriages are exempt from the ban and will continue to operate. This loophole could be open to exploitation by peddlers and still leaves some animals at risk. We, the undersigned, thank you for your ban on horse and donkey-drawn carriages, and ask that you work to introduce alternative transportation methods for the tourist industry.
[Your Name Here]
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