Until 2015, we worked in Israel and the West Bank to reduce the abuse and abandonment of working animals, and to improve their treatment and care.
Many horses, donkeys and mules in Israel are overworked, overloaded, abandoned or abused. Working with our local partner, Pegasus, we rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abused animals – and raise awareness of how to treat working animals with care.
Working animals are cheap in Israel – so some people see them as disposable.
Working animals are often badly treated. Many riding facilities use unfit and injured animals. And while laws do exist to protect these animals, there are no similar laws in the neighbouring West Bank territories – and mistreated animals frequently cross the border.
We use a range of tactics to stop the suffering of working animals in Israel:
We work with local partner, Pegasus to rescue abused and abandoned animals
We persuade Israeli authorities to take animal welfare seriously
We lobby the government to improve animal welfare laws
We run public awareness campaigns – including at border crossings – on animal welfare and Israel’s welfare laws
We train border officials to recognise abused and unhealthy animals.