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CHAI on Expanding The Circle of Compassion

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May 2012

EXPANDING THE CIRCLE OF COMPASSION

FIRST HUMANE EDUCATION CONFERENCE FOR ARAB TEACHERS IN ISRAEL

CHAI's sister charity in Israel, Hakol Chai (Everything Lives), launched a pioneering educational initiative in Arab schools, in cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Education.

Seventy principals, assistant principals, counselors, and teachers representing 13 schools attended by Moslem, Christian, and Druze Arab students participated in a 2-day conference in April sponsored by CHAI/Hakol Chai, entitled "Expanding the Circle of Compassion." At the event, Hakol Chai introduced its pilot humane education project, set to begin in participating schools in September.

"This project provides us with a tremendous opportunity to create a positive shift in consciousness in students and educators toward respect and compassion for all living beings," said Rae Sikora, who led the conference. Ms. Sikora is an international humane education expert, author, and co-founder of The Institute for Humane Education and of Plant Peace Daily. She was also the co-developer of the first Humane Education Certification program and the first Master of Education in Humane Education program at a U.S. university.

Evaluation questionnaires submitted by conference participants indicated a positive response to the material taught and willingness to incorporate the values presented into their classes. Most noted that before the seminar, they did not care about animals. However, as a result of the videos, PowerPoint slideshows, and activities presented at the event, their attitudes changed, and they now wish to teach their students respect and caring for animals. Many also wrote that they are now willing to allow their own children to adopt animals.

Following are some of the participants' comments:

"This program offers pupils the opportunity to create a better and more tolerant world."

"I am willing to fight for the cause that animals will not be harmed and will be allowed to live in peace and not subjected to torture. I am no longer indifferent to this subject....This program will contribute to creating a better society and to world peace."

"I was unaware of the importance of humane education and the possibility of creating change in students and in society in general. This program has had an impact on my awareness, on the way I will treat animals, and on my lifestyle. The activities and knowledge we acquired here created change, and as a teacher, I am committed to passing on what I learned to my students. I see it as mandatory to transfer to my pupils the knowledge I acquired about moral problems related to how animals and how all living beings are treated."

Rae Sikora, conference leader; all conference photos: Avi Hirschfield

Child psychologists agree that instilling humane attitudes in children is key to creating moral, contributing citizens and a compassionate society. Hakol Chai, which will supervise the implementation of the program in Arab schools, will also sponsor a conference for teachers in Hebrew-speaking schools in Israel.

We need your help to implement this groundbreaking initiative to get humane education into Arab schools. Arabs now make up 20% of the population of Israel. It is imperative that we instill humane values into Arab as well as Hebrew schools. We also depend on your help with our other programs, including our mobile spay/neuter clinic and educational curriculum for Hebrew-speaking schools in Israel.

We continue to expose horse abuse and neglect and press the authorities to take action on behalf of these animals.

Hakol Chai found this horse suffering from laminitis, a painful condition of the hooves, which results in deformities of the ankles and feet. They reported the matter to the Veterinary Services, which pressed the Bedouin owner to provide veterinary treatment. Hakol Chai will continue to monitor the situation until the horse returns to good health.

U.S. and Israeli Media Reveal Routine Cruelty and Death of Horses in Racing

On average, 24 horses die on U.S. race tracks every week, according to the March 24 New York Times article "Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys," part of a series of articles entitled "Breakdown: Death and Disarray at America's Race Tracks." Just since late last year, thirty horses died at Aqueduct race track. The gambling industry installed casinos at race tracks "to prop up a struggling sport," the Times reported, but the lure of profits turns horses into "trading cards for people's greed."

"Big Purses, Sore Horses, and Death," another article in the series, featured the photo of a two-year-old horse who broke a leg on the track and was euthanized, his body dumped in a junkyard next to an old toilet, near where he had been sold at auction the previous year. "The deaths often go unexamined, the bodies shipped to rendering plants and landfills," the article reported.

Dr. Rick Arthur, medical Director of the California Racing Board, said of the routine drugging of horses with everything from cobra venom to morphine so they can race even when injured (which causes more severe injuries later): "If the public knew how many medications these horses were administered after entry time, I don't think they would tolerate it." Only a small percentage of horses are tested for drugs, and laboratories cannot develop tests fast enough to detect the latest drug cocktails. "Nobody has any control over what they are doing," said Dr. George Maylin, head of New York State's testing laboratory.

"It's hard to justify how many horses we go through," said Dr. Rick Arthur. "In humans you never see someone snap their leg off running in the Olympics. But you see it in horse racing."

HBO cancelled the TV series "Luck" after three horses were injured during filming and had to be euthanized. "It's hard to watch these poor animals running for their lives for people who could really care less if they live," said track veterinarian, Dr. Margaret Ohlinger.

"How much more blood-soaked evidence do the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Culture and Sport require before they understand that the synonym for horse race is 'abuse,'" wrote Hakol Chai spokesperson, Sigal Bukstein, in a recent article in the Israeli press.

See all the latest articles in the Israeli media on CHAI's campaign against the introduction of gambling on horse racing to Israel.

Help us spread the word about CHAI's work on behalf of Israel's animals. The more support we have, the more we can help animals. Here are some ways you can help:

� "Like" CHAI's Facebook page

� Organize a "parlor meeting" of friends to help raise funds for CHAI's projects

� Distribute CHAI pamphlets at synagogues, Temples, vets' offices, and other places people who care about animals are likely to see them

� Tell us of foundations that might consider a grant proposal from CHAI

� Remember CHAI in your will

� Send your generous, tax-deductible contributions to CHAI, POB 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302 or donate through our website.

On behalf of the animals, we thank you!

Yours for a more compassionate world,

Nina Natelson

CHAI - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel

PO Box 3341, Alexandria, VA 22302
Email: chai_us@cox.net
Phone: 703-658-9650
Web: http://www.chai-online.org

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