Cabinet minister Uri Ariel wants to send all the cats packing to another country

By Kelli Bender
Updated November 03, 2015 07:04 PM

Hit the road cat, and don’t you come back.

That’s what Israel’s Agriculture Minister, Uri Ariel, is proposing. According to the Associated Press, the Cabinet member recently suggested the country’s numerous stray cats be transported to a different land and left there. Israeli citizens, a more feline-loving bunch than Ariel apparently, have shot down the idea with outrage and mockery.

The minister’s proposal was first published by Ynetnews, who said Ariel passed along the idea to an environmental protection minister in a letter. Ariel is allegedly against controlling Israel’s stray cat population with a Trap-Neuter-Return program because of a Jewish law against animal cruelty and Bible readings that say all creatures have the right to populate the earth.

Ariel’s opposition has already started poking fun at his suggestion for strays. Opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, recently posted a photo of her and a cat on her Facebook page, captioning the shot “No way will I get a foreign passport for little one.”

Israel’s animal activist groups have also spoken out against the idea.