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Cart Horses and Donkeys: Abuse and Rescue






Media Coverage

Recent Hakol Chai Events in Israel:

December 2011

June 8, 2009

December 7, 2008

December 30, 2007

Press Releases:

November 2012

July 2012

March 2012

December 2011

November 2009

December 2007

Tel Aviv Bans
Horse-Drawn Carts:
Campaign Highlights and Update

Horses Removed from Abuse in Jaffa

Wounded Cart Horses

Horse & Donkey Sanctuary

Help Stop Horse Abuse in Israel

CHAI's Rescued Horses:








Campaign against the Expansion of Racing in Israel

Help Stop Expansion of Racing in Israel

Racing Cruelties:   The Horror Behind the Glamour

Racing Cruelties: Photos & Videos

Premarin Horses





Transportation Minister Approves National Ban!

Read Jerusalem Post Report, February 5, 2013


In Israel, as throughout the Middle East, horses and donkeys are the victims of abuse. People use them to carry heavy loads, like furniture, watermelons and other fruits and vegetables in summer, and rocks from construction sites.


In November 2009, following a 10-year campaign by CHAI and Hakol Chai, Tel Aviv banned the use of horse-drawn carts. However, the ban was not enforced, and in Tel Aviv cart horses are back at work on the streets. In 2011, Hakol Chai launched a new Witness Campaign to end the cruelty. In 2012, Hakol Chai formally requested that the Ministry of Transportation change the existing legal definition of horse-drawn carts as "vehicles."


In other parts of the country, also, cart horses continue to suffer. Even in those cities that require licensing and inspections, the legislation is not enforced, so most of these animals are not licensed, inspected, or provided with veterinary care. Often, they are fed only the damaged produce or nutritionally inadequate forage containing burrs that cause sores in their mouths. At the end of the summer season, or when lameness prevents them from being useful, they are abandoned.


Tiny donkeys also are made to pull loads far too heavy for them, and they are beaten frequently. Their hooves are often left untrimmed for so long that it becomes difficult and painful for them to walk. And, for some reason that we don't yet understand (possibly malnutrition and overloading at an early age), donkeys are sometimes found abandoned on the road with broken legs. CHAI provided an Israeli animal activist with video camera equipment in order to obtain video footage of abused horses and donkeys. This photograph shows an abused donkey whose ears were cut off. Kolbotek, a widely watched exposé program, aired the footage, and the program's host called for the intervention of government authorities to prevent and stop the abuse.


UPDATE: In November 2012, Israel's Minister of Transportation agreed to ban horse- and donkey-drawn carts from all city streets and highways throughout Israel. See also this press release from the Ministry of Transportation.


Veterinary Help for Donkeys

Hakol Chai has launched a campaign specifically to help donkeys—the Save the Donkeys project. As part of this project, a veterinarian will help provide medical care for the animals who have not received treatment because of financial constraints. The focus will be in the Negev, in the south of Israel, where most of the donkeys are concentrated.


Education in Schools to Help Donkeys

In addition, as another part of our donkey project, Hakol Chai has met with representatives of the Ministry of Education from the south. These Ministry representatives are currently locating schools that wish to take part in our project. In these schools, students will learn the true meaning of taking responsibility and of taking action to improve the welfare of donkeys in their region. Following the lectures, the students will develop a special project of their choice.


Municipal veterinarians say they do not remove equine victims from their abusers because they have no place to take them. CHAI and Hakol Chai have rescued several horses, and we are planning to establish a Horse and Donkey Sanctuary.


Our first rescued horses:
Saturday Kahal
Tikvah Shai


Media Coverage

Events in Israel

   December 25, 2011

   June 8, 2009

   December 7, 2008

   December 30, 2007

Press Releases

   November 2012

   July 4, 2012

   March 11, 2012

   December 25, 2011

   November 10, 2009

   December 24, 2007

Tel Aviv Bans Horse-Drawn Carts — Campaign Highlights and UPDATE

Horses Removed from Extreme Abuse in Jaffaa

Wounded Cart Horses

Horse and Donkey Sanctuary

Help Us Stop Cart Horse and Donkey Abuse in Israel



International Efforts On Behalf of Carriage Horses


Watch the trailer for Blinders — The truth behind the tradition, an award-winning documentary about the cruelties of the carriage-horse industry in New York City. These carriage horses suffer from many of the same abuses as carthorses in Israel and throughout the world. Read about the movie and the carriage horse industry on the Blinders website.


See Horses Without Carriages International.