"I've noticed that quite a lot of people who are prominent in the animal liberation movement are Jews. Maybe we are simply not prepared to see the powerful hurting the weak." --Peter Singer (Author, Animal Liberation)


The Battle Over Horse Racing

The current issue of The Jewish Week features an article about attempts to establish a horse racing industry in Israel. Concern for Helping Animals in Israel (CHAI) has waged a campaign to stop those efforts dead in their "tracks." Whenever industry relegates G-dā€™s creatures to economic units, undue suffering and abuse ensue.

Race horses start running when their skeletal systems have yet to fully develop. Like the Steroids-pumping baseball players who are widely decried, many are drugged up to become stronger and faster. These neglected animals are often forced to spend up to 23 hours a day in narrow stalls, isolated from freedom or herd contact. Demanding training regimens and lightning-speed races cause bleeding in the lungs, fractured limbs, and chronic gastric ulcers. In the U.S., horses deemed inadequate for running and breeding are slaughtered for their flesh ā€“ which is exported to other countries for consumption ā€“ and to make glue.

Make no mistake about it: Introducing horse racing to Israel would inevitably cause tsa'ar ba'alei chayim (unnecessary suffering to animals).


  • At 11/02/2005 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am a Jew living in Lexington Kentucky the horse capital of the world. I love my animals, horses included. I have worked with in the Thoroughbred business for a several years. While I think that at time it is not humane as a whole the racing industry is very caring and treats their animals with respect. If a track is built, there needs to be organizations in place to care for the retired horses. We have several non-profits in Lexington dedicated to this. Also, TB's make wonderful pleasure horses once they come off the track!


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