The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

IS­RAEL may have to cope with the chal­lenge of a new ex­o­dus — one mov­ing away from the coun­try rather than to it.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Uri Ariel has floated the idea of de­port­ing thou­sands of stray cats to any coun­try will­ing to ac­cept the four-legged refugees.

In the past, Is­rael has tried to re­strict the growth of stray an­i­mals by neu­ter­ing them.

Mr Ariel not only thinks this prac­tice cruel but also that it could trans­gress the bi­b­li­cal com­mand for crea­tures to go forth and mul­ti­ply.

The min­is­ter has re­port­edly now shelved his scheme. Some peo­ple were hav­ing kit­tens over it.

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