Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015

Israeli Minister urges population transfer: For stray cats

If it wasn’t printed in black and white on an official document you may have thought this was a joke, but Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) was completely serious when he offered up his unique solution to the street cat problem: Population transfer.


In a recent letter to the environmental protection minister, Ariel offered to take the budget issued for the treatment of strays – NIS 4.5 million a year ($1.16 million)– and use it to “Transfer dogs and cats of a single gender (all the males or females) to a foreign country that is willing to accept them.”

Ariel believes that there is a Halachic (Jewish Law) problem with the current method being used to combat the issue of stray animals – spaying and neutering the animals to prevent population growth- due to concerns for their well being, and the fact that God blessed all the animals when he decreed “go forth and multiply in the land of Israel.”

Read the full story at YNET NEWS, by Amir Ben-David

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