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No More Burying Our Heads in the Sand

The Camel Law Passes its First Reading in the Knesset

Regavim publicized and petitioned, wrote letters and legislation, kept the issue alive in the media and the Knesset, and at long last, our efforts paid off: The Camel Law passed the first legislative hurdle towards enactment. Although there’s still a long way to go before the final ratification of the law, we’re on the way to finally seeing it happen.

For nearly two years, Regavim, together with MK Betzalel Smotrich, has been working on formulating a law that will regulate the oversight of animals in the public domain and put an end to the lawlessness and chaos of wandering camels on the roads of the Negev that has claimed the lives of far too many innocent citizens.

When this groundbreaking new law is enacted, camel owners will be held criminally responsible for the accidents and damages caused by their animals. The law will require all camels to be tagged with digital sub-cutaneous identification chips that record the owner’s details, much the same way as dogs are licensed in Israel. The law will require owners who sell their camels to officially transfer ownership, in a process regulated and monitored through a Ministry of Agriculture database (just as car ownership and dog ownership are monitored and regulated by the relevant ministries).

The Director of our International Division, Naomi Kahn, was interviewed on Kan Kol Yisrael Radio about the new law:  http://www.kan.org.il/Radio/item.aspx?pid=21179 and for a follow-up after the bill’s first reading: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=364267267387416&id=265381087276035

We look forward to the passage of this crucial legislation through the upcoming procedural hurdles, the second and third readings in committee. The sooner the legislative process is completed, the sooner lives will be saved.