Severed deer head 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Nature and Parks Authority)
Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz ordered this week the advancement
of a bill that would prohibit sport hunting in Israel.
A few years ago,
the Environmental Protection Ministry first proposed a bill on the subject, but
the matter got stuck in the Knesset after passing through its first reading.
Peretz signed a request to apply the law of continuity in order to revive the
bill, which will bring it before the Ministerial Committee for Legislation in
the coming weeks, after which it can proceed to the Knesset for second and third
The state allows sport hunting to occur each year from the
beginning of September until the end of January on a variety of wild animals,
such as ducks, coots and wild doves, the ministry said. There are 2,400
registered hunters in Israel.
“We will not tolerate crossing red lines in
terms of hurting animals,” Peretz said. “We will use all means possible in order
to protect animals, including outlawing sport hunting for recreational purposes.
We are sending a message to all those vicious criminals who will stop at nothing
to torment and harm helpless animals that we will not recoil and we will
continue in our struggle for a just and moral protection of the animals in
Calling upon the police to investigate a series of violent
activities that have occurred against animals recently, Peretz said that such
crimes are “shocking to anyone who sees himself as a moral being.”
Tuesday, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority reported four severed heads of
deer as well as a head of a porcupine mounted on a fence next to a main highway
in the North. Following these discoveries, INPA director-general Shaul Goldstein
vowed to fight “this hunting phenomenon and preserve the nature of
“I will not accept such a phenomenon, and I support the INPA in
the important work it does against the illegal hunting of animals in Israel,”