WORLD FARM ANIMALS DAY 2005, Israel
2nd (birthday of Mahatma Gandhi) is an international day in which people
are conscience-bound to mourn and memorialize the pointless suffering and
death of billions of sentient animals in farms and slaughterhouses all
around the world.
This year in Israel, animal rights activists
organized a funeral procession through the streets of Tel Aviv, carrying
three black coffins: one marked for the victims of the meat industry,
another for milk and a third for eggs (the number of animals killed for
food in Israel is estimated at over 300 million a year).
clothes, carrying remembrance candles and banners encouraging
vegetarianism and an end to violence towards sentient beings, between 150
and 200 activists gathered at Dizengoff Square in the afternoon hours and
marched through the city center, handing out hundreds of flyers to passers
The march ended with a ceremonial eulogy near Tel Aviv's Museum of
Art. With torches by his sides and a big "Meat is Murder" banner draped
behind him, an activist delivered a heartfelt eulogy - talking, among
other things, of the Jewish Holocaust - pleading for the senseless
suffering of animals to cease. In front of him, dozens of people with cow
masks on their faces laid down on the square, symbolizing the countless
dead victims of the food industry.
After the march, activists
organized an impromptu demonstration outside a nearby McDonald's for
another 45 minutes, with dozens of people holding signs and banners and
chanting slogans through bullhorns.
All in all, it was a successful
event, with good planning and a surprisingly large attendance - especially
by Israeli standards. The one drawback was, perhaps, a lack of significant
media attention, but in a place like Israel, with its turbulent political
and military climate, we have to come to expect this regarding issues of
However, on this very day, the efforts of
animal rights activists were rewarded in a different way: two years after
Israel's High Court ruled the practice that enlarges the liver of geese
for gastronomical purposes unlawful, and after Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz failed to enlist a majority in the Cabinet for his proposal
to continue this practice, force-feeding of geese in Israel has been
finally banned - on the morning of the 2nd of October 2005: World Farm
In August 2003 (almost a decade since the beginning of
the campaign against foie gras in Israel), the High Court upheld a
petition filed by the Israeli Association of Animal Protection Groups to
halt force-feeding methods approved by the Agriculture Ministry. The court
instructed Agriculture Minister Katz to submit new regulations by March
2005, which would significantly reduce the suffering of the fowl, which
under the standard practice severely impedes the goose's movements and
renders it incapable of independent movement. However, the Agriculture
Ministry did not manage to formulate new regulations in the time allotted
(due to the fact that is it, of course, impossible to create foie gras
without extremely cruel treatment of geese).
Katz's then submitted a proposal calling for fowl to be written out of
legislation limiting cruelty to animals (in an ugly, undemocratic attempt
to circumvent the High Court ruling, not to mention a blatant disregard
for the Israeli public, of whom more than 70 percent oppose force-feeding
geese and fowl). This proposal, already rejected by the cabinet
subcommittee on legislation three weeks ago, failed to gain support in the
cabinet, and force-feeding geese is finally illegal in Israel.
is - or rather was - one of the world's leading foie gras producers, and
approximately 800,000 geese suffered immensely and died in Israel every
single year at the hands of this barbaric industry (this figure is even
higher than that of animals killed yearly by Israeli vivisectors).
The World Farm Animal's Day action was organized by the Israeli
animal rights group SHEVI (initials of "Animal Liberation Israel").
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