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Help Stop Expansion of Horse Racing in Israel





Campaign against the Expansion of Racing in Israel

Experts' Statements about Racing

Questions & Answers about Racing

Demo at Ministry of Culture & Sport

Speech in the Knesset

In the Supreme Court of Israel

Ruling of Chief Rabbi Against Racing

Racing Campaign
Press Releases

Racing Campaign
Media Coverage

Help Stop Expansion of Racing in Israel



Racing Cruelties:   The Horror Behind the Glamour

Racing Cruelties: Photos & Videos

Slaughter of Racehorses

In Memory of Ruffian

Horse Abuse & Rescue Overview

Premarin Horses



Slaughter at
the Racetrack

Slaughterhouse: Exposé of Horse Slaughter in the UK







A neglected retired race horse
and her foal at last find sanctuary


   Your Letters Are Needed

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 Your Letters Are Needed

Please write to the Ministers of Environmental Protection, Education, Agriculture, and Finance, expressing your strong objections to the introduction of legalized betting on horses in Israel.


Read letters written by Animal Aid in the UK and PETA in the U.S. and HSUS (the Humane Society of the United States) on behalf of these horses. Gary Yourofsky appeals to Israel's ministers to prevent horse racing in Israel: video.


Sample letter:



I respectfully protest the Israeli government's plan to bring gambling on horse racing to Israel.


Experience in the U.K. and the U.S. has shown that this industry involves enormous cruelty to animals, including breeding thousands more horses than race, the majority born to be killed.


Every aspect of a racehorse's life involves cruelties, from beginning a harsh training regimen before their bones have hardened and when they are vulnerable to fractures from excessive weight being placed on them, to being drugged so they can be forced to race even when injured.


The injuries they sustain include bleeding in the lungs, chronic gastric ulcers, and fractured limbs. When not racing, horses are confined to a stall for up to 23 hours of the day, deprived of the herd contact and freedom of movement that would enhance their physical and mental health. Except in the case of champions who are used for breeding, when a horse can no longer race, at as young an age as four years, they are killed or sold from one owner to another in a downward spiral of abuse.


Judaism is against gambling, saying it causes one person to receive money to the detriment of another. The cost to society of gambling can also not be ignored. At least 60,000 people in England are gambling addicts, their families made to suffer from the loss of income, drugs, crime, and other problems that accompany addictions. In the U.S., approximately 5 ½ million adults are considered problem or pathological gamblers. At greatest risk are young people.

Pathological and problem gamblers in the United States cost our society approximately $5 billion per year and an additional $40 billion in lifetime costs for productivity reductions, social services, and creditor losses.…these calculations are inadequate to capture the intrafamilial costs of divorce and family disruption associated with problem and pathological gambling.

A 1999 Report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago

Israel can find a way to reap profits other than by exploiting innocent animals.




Please send your letters to the following:


Minister of Environmental Protection
5 Kanfei Nesharim St., Givat Shaul, P.O. Box 34033
Jerusalem 95464, Israel
Email: sar@environment.gov.il


Minister of Culture and Sport
Email: llivnat@knesset.gov.il
Fax: 972-2-6496406

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development
POB 30
Beit Dagan 50250, Israel
Email: sar@moag.gov.il


Minister of Finance
1 Kaplan St.
Jerusalem 91131, Israel
Email: sar@mof.gov.il

Minister of Justice
29 Salah A-din St.
Jerusalem 91490, Israel

Fax: 972-2-6285438



 Please Send a Donation

We have also initiated legal action, asking the Supreme Court for an injunction against the practice. To do all of this, we need your help. Please send your donations to help us say a firm NO! to gambling on horseracing in Israel.