Animals don't have legal rights - by Jonathan Lis
rejected a bill to change the name of the Animal Welfare Law to the Animal
Rights Law, since Israeli law does not recognize animals as legal entities
with rights, according to coalition members.
proposed law is based on the unacceptable premise that animals have rights,"
Religious Services Minister Yaakov Margi (Shas) told the Knesset.
said the government believes animals have the same legal status as inanimate
entities such as corporations, ships, universities and cities.
Speaker Reuven Rivlin showed great interest in the debate, being a dog owner.
"I do not know what I would do to a person who killed my Stephan,"
he said during Margi's speech.
Rivlin described his strong convictions regarding animals.
do not eat meat, I am a vegetarian for ethical reasons. My dog was taken
to a kennel since he bit someone, or someone thought he had bit them. The
kennel was next to a slaughterhouse. When I saw how they were slaughtering
animals, I became a vegetarian. That was more than 40 years ago," said
Hasson (Kadima) proposed the bill, and said he realized the coalition would
reject it. He attempted to push through a less significant change, without
the term "animal rights," but that was rejected as well.
to try again to get the bill passed in six months.