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Israel bans the sale of fur to the fashion industry, the first country to do so



Israel banned the sale of fur to the fashion industry on Wednesday and became the first country in the world to do so.

“The fur industry is causing the deaths of hundreds of millions of animals worldwide and inflicting indescribable cruelty and suffering,” Environment Minister Gila Gamliel said in a statement after signing the amendment, which will take effect in six months.

“The use of skin and fur from wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral and certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover the brutal murder industry that makes them. Signing these rules will make the Israeli fashion market more environmentally friendly and far friendlier to animals.”
;Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signs an amendment banning the sale of fur to the fashion industry.  (Photo credit: courtesy)Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signs an amendment banning the sale of fur to the fashion industry. (Photo credit: courtesy)

The decision was welcomed by animal rights NGO Animals Now, which praised it as a “historic milestone” that will “save countless animals from the hell of the fur industry.”

In a statement, the NGO added: “We have been fighting for years to ban the sale of furs to the fashion industry, and from the beginning, 86% of the Israeli public supported this.

“We thank Minister Gamliel and Tal Gilboa, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Animal Rights, and our partners in the fight over the years, Let The Animals Live and the International Anti-Fur Coalition (IAFC).”

“The IAFC has been promoting a bill banning the sale of fur in Israel since 2009, and we welcome the Israeli government to finally take the historic leap toward creating fur for fashion history,” IAFC founder Jane Halevy said in a statement. “All animals suffer terribly at the hands of this cruel and backward industry,” added Halevy, whose organization has been working against this for over a decade. “Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. Killing fur after fur must become illegal everywhere – it is high time that governments around the world banned the sale of fur. The animal rights organization PETA also hailed the movement as a “historic victory” and wrote on Twitter that it “will protect countless foxes, minks, rabbits and other animals killed violently from their skin.”

Taking to Twitter, Gamliel also wrote that she was proud that Israel was the first country to ban the sale of fur.

The transition to banning fur trade makes Israel the first country in the world to do so, even though the US state of California had banned the sale of fur to the fashion industry in 2019.

Back in October, when the plans were first announced by Gamliel, it was made clear that future permits for the fur trade would still be issued, but only in certain cases. These permits are issued by the Nature and Parks Authority, but these new criteria will limit them to be granted only in the case of “scientific research, education, instruction and religious purposes and tradition.”

The latter category has the potential to be particularly controversial due to the role that fur plays in traditions of Haredi Jews who often wear fur hats called shtreimels, although it is possible that they will get an exception.




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