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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.”

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



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