MK Yisrael Hasson (Kadima) recently submitted a bill seeking to eradicate the
phenomenon of betting on animals in Israel, Hakol Chai – an organization to
prevent animal suffering – announced on Monday evening.
The purpose of
the bill is to end “immoral acts” to animals that often occur as a result of
gambling, such as doping, irreversible physical injuries and even death, Hakol
If passed, the bill would make violators of the
prohibition subject to a fine or up to one year in prison, the organization
While drafted by Hakol Chai in collaboration with Hasson, the bill
has received support from eight Knesset members from across the political
spectrum: Dov Lipman (Yesh Atid), Amram Mitzna (Hatnua), Dov Henin (Hadash),
Eitan Cabel (Labor), David Azoulay (Shas), Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), Itzik Shmuli
(Labor) and Hilik Bar (Labor).
“World experience shows that in countries
that have tried to allow gambling, alongside regulations designed to protect
animals, the efforts to limit the cruelty to them have been empty,” the bill’s
explanatory note reads. “The stress of gambling that involves pushing the
animals to the extreme and getting from them maximum gains supersedes all
regulatory efforts. Suffering and cruelty are inherent to the
The animal gambling industry also generates a surplus in
animals rendered unfit for competition, and these animals often end up abandoned
or killed, the explanatory note adds.
Horses that participate in racing,
for example, have a lifespan that is 75 percent shorter than thoroughbreds that
do not compete, data from Hakol Chai explained. The reduced lifespan can be
attributed to problems that result from stimulant and pain reliever use, the
development of stomach ulcers, bleeds and other injuries.
currently exists in Israel at only a very minimal level.
sometimes as a noble sport is actually an industry of evil and pain,” a
statement from Hakol Chai said. “The law, if it passes, would prevent, among
other things, the development of a horse-racing industry and would save horses
from severe and unnecessary suffering. It is important for Israel to learn from
other countries that now are searching for ways to minimize racing damage,
instead of importing evils from them.”