'Don't use horses for evacuation'

Animal rights group fears horses may be harmed by rocks thrown at them.

February 1, 2006 15:27
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amona horse. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Tnu Lahayot Lihyot - Israel's main animal rights groups - protested against the use of horses in Amona's evacuation on Wednesday. According to the organization, the horses that were recruited for the evacuation found themselves in a battlefield, susceptible to rocks being hurled at security forces by "dozens of law-violating settlers." The group called upon Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz and Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz to remove the animals from public discourse, and to refrain from using them for purposes that effectively place their lives in danger. Tnu Lahayot Lihyot suggested alternatives such as jeeps or motorcycles, such that no animals would be endangered. While the horses used in the evacuation were not covered by any protective apparel, there were no reports of injuries to the animals. The animal rights group's spokesperson also noted that following the evacuation, one of the residents of Amona was taken to a court hearing, leaving behind a herd of 130 goats without any supervision. The spokesperson, voiced her concern for the abandoned herd.

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