December 2, 2012
In honor of the upcoming December 1 Horses
Without Carriages International Day, international animal protection
organizations sent letters of praise to Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz
on Wednesday for his recent decision to champion a horse carriage ban,
Israeli organization Hakol Chai announced that day.
Hakol Chai has
campaigned for a ban on horse-drawn carts in Israel for years, and the
organization is thrilled with this decision, according to organization
representative, Michal Volansky.
Letters to the minister came from
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the global coalition
Horses Without Carriages, praising the ban as superior to monitoring such
carriage use with regulation.
"These horses, often rented for a few
dollars per day, have been forced to drag heavy loads in freezing and
sweltering temperatures while walking on hard pavement, dodging cars, and
inhaling exhaust fumes, while typically receiving no veterinary care and
inadequate food and water," wrote PETA president, Ingrid Newkirk.