The rise in animal abuse cases has led to the formation of a new voluntary police unit aimed at protecting four-legged creatures in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area.
The unit’s volunteers will patrol neighborhoods, raise awareness among pet owners to ensure adequate treatment and also help rescue animals in distress.
As part of the joint initiative of the Mesubim police station and the Gush Dan Veterinary Services, the volunteers will also undergo special veterinary and Civil Guard training.
“Awareness regarding proper care for animals and the protection of animal rights is lacking, as is the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Law,” says Dr. Moshe Rafaelovich, head of the Gush Dan Veterinary Services, “We receive many reports on injured animals on the street and abused dogs and cats, but the medical attention they receive is deficient.”
According to Rafaelovich, the volunteers will be granted authority equivalent to that of a police officer due to the fact that they will be a part of the Civil Guard.
“In dealing with animal abuse, it is not enough to focus on the abusing individuals. The injured animals themselves must be treated and rehabilitated,” he said.
Rafaelovich said the unit should be up and running in a few weeks.
The unit is seeking volunteers that are 18 or over who served in the army and have no criminal record.
For details: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 03-6315207, or P.O. Box 966, Ramat Gan
Israel Post will issue a Canada-Israel 60 Years of Friendship stamp on April 14.
The stamp designer Karen Henricks explains the thinking behind the design, “Through illustration, we are able to communicate the rich topic of diplomacy between two nations.”
“The lightness of the design underscores in vibrant color the dynamic and multifaceted relationship not only between the governments of Israel and Canada but also their peoples.”