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Hakol Chai's First Racing Press Release

Press Release







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





  Image courtesy of Animal Aid UK
  Image courtesy of Animal Aid, UK

April 13, 2005, Tel Aviv


Hakol Chai (CHAI's sister charity in Israel), through its attorneys, Doron Radai and Nitsan Gadot, filed a protest letter with the Ministers of Education, Finance, and Agriculture against legalizing gambling on horse racing in Israel. The protest was made on the basis that only economic and not animal welfare concerns were taken into consideration when the decision to approve establishing a racetrack was reached, as part of the government’s intent to allow gambling on horse racing in Israel. Experience in other countries shows that the horse racing industry is built on the exploitation of animals and cruelty and abuse are commonplace.


Thousands more horses are born than are chosen to race, the rest 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 their day, deprived of the herd contact and freedom of movement that would enhance their physical and mental health. When a horse can no longer race, sometimes at as young an age as 4, they are killed or sold from one owner to another in a downward spiral of abuse.


Asks one UK welfare expert, Tim O’Brien, PhD, "When the 1984 UK Grand National winner 'Hallo Dandy' is found in a field ten years later with scars on his back and ribs poking through, what future is there for the thousands of also-rans?"


Two years ago, the American Kentucky Derby winner, Ferdinand, was sold to a Japanese slaughterhouse.


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.


Raising horses for racing is no guarantee of profits. A 1999 Queensland University study, published in the Australian Veterinary Journal, found that during their first year of racing, the earnings of fewer than 15% of racehorses were sufficient to cover training costs. The study "confirmed a high wastage among racing Thoroughbreds."


Hakol Chai believes that Israel can find other ways to earn profits than by exploiting innocent animals.


The protest letters Hakol Chai sent to the Ministers are only a preface to its fight against legalizing gambling on horse racing in Israel. Hakol Chai intends to continue to serve as a voice for racehorses, whose fate lies in the balance.



Attached to the press release is a list of the documented cruelties that are part of any large-scale racing industry.