Severed animal heads were found in a number of public places throughout Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Police have launched an investigation, but no arrests have been made as of yet.
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At around 7 am passersby noticed the severed head of a slaughtered goat in the center of Dizengoff Square. A sign reading "End animal slaughter" was found beside the severed head.
Photo: Ginat Moyal
Shortly thereafter police received another report, this time of a severed cow head found on the corner of Eben Gvirol and Habashan streets, along with a sign protesting slaughterhouses.
'Slaughter houses are now transparent.' (Photo: Hila Basson)
Later, the severed head of a sheep was found near a fountain in Jaffa's Noga district. The fountain was painted red and the words "the slaughterhouses are now transparent" were spray-painted on the walls.
Police suspect animal rights activists are behind the shocking campaign, and forensics experts are seeking for clues that may lead investigators to the culprits.
The "269life" animal rights group, which protests against the slaughter of animals on industrial farms, issued a statement on its international Facebook page on behalf of its Israeli activists:
"Every given moment, here and abroad billions of animals are tortured and murdered, which are all individuals that wished to live in peace and well being. The problem lays in the human species it self, which excluding in some rare exceptions are violent, destructive and imperialistic. This is a war in which we will not lose, because a forfeit here would mean the continuation of the most horrific oppression ever devised. This action was carried out in the name of all those whose screams you refuse to hear, whose anguish you remove from your hearts, ears and conscience," the statement read.
"The walls of the slaughterhouses have long been transparent, the egg farms, dairy farms, vivisection labs, 'animal shows' and clothing industries atrocities are open for all to see and yet you remain silent. Our grandchildren will ask us one day: Where were you during the Holocaust of the animals? What did you do against these horrifying crimes? We won't be able to offer the same excuse for the second time, that we didn't know."