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Israel Reconsidering Fur Ban

Israel Reconsidering Fur Ban

A bill brought before the Knesset at the end of July may, if passed, make Israel the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur, reports the Jerusalem Post.

The bill, drafted by MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) in conjunction with the Israel-based International Anti-Fur Coalition, received the support of eight Knesset members from across the political spectrum – Tirosh, Eitan Cabel (Labor), Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Yoel Hasson (Kadima), Dov Henin (Hadash), Miri Regev (Likud), Nino Abesadze (Kadima) and Masud Ganaim (United Arab List).

An independent opinion poll conducted for the International Anti-Fur Coalition and Israeli animal rights group Let Animals Live found 86 percent of Israelis believe killing animals for their fur is morally wrong and 79 percent would support a nationwide ban.

However, previous efforts to ban fur sales in Israel received opposition from the fur industry, which doesn’t want anything cutting into its profits, or to see anyone pave the way towards an end to the fur trade, but also by the Orthodox Jewish community, whose cultural headdress, called a shtreimel, is made of fur.

This time around, the bill will allow for the sale of fur used in science or to express cultural identity.

The text of the bill explains that there is no longer any necessity for fur, as synthetic fabrics heat much more efficiently, and fur is now simply a fashion item and status symbol. A ban on the sale of fur within Israel would provide animals protection according to the Animal Welfare Law, and would be in accordance with the values of human compassion and Judaism, the bill text says.

“Fighting for people’s consciousness is a daily undertaking, and this legislation may yet save millions of animals. It’s time to do this at last and finally end the fur trade in Israel. Such legislation should gain immense respect for Israel and its citizens. Another important point to note is that unlike the first bill, proposed by MK Ronit Tirosh, the new bill doesn’t suggest a ban on fur imports, hence the bill is an entirely internal matter and any intervention by foreign furriers will be neither ethical nor justified,” said Jane Halevy, chairperson of the International Anti-Fur Coalition.

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3:53AM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Comon Israel, let's do it!

7:08AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:37AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

Israel will remain the trace in the worldwide history of rescuring animals. So do it please! And we hope that this will lead to all countries repeat this legislation. Thank you for this huge step in social minds.

9:10AM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Very good news:)

3:09AM PDT on Aug 25, 2012

Congratulations Israel for considering. Please take that final step and enact a fur ban.

7:47PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Wow: 108 comments and the usually topic for any Care2 editorial article with "Israel" in the title did not come up. It looks like the pattern is broken. :)

10:55AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Another country banning cruelty. Hooray!!!!!!

7:09AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Kudos for Israel!!!!

2:31PM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

There is no reason today to wear fur. There is fake fur if you must wear any fur. I think a nice cloth coat or other materials is just as nice looking. Wearing fur says you don't care about animals and perhaps only yourself.

8:04AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

What a strange thing to do, to look at an animal and decide, "gee, I would look good in their fur". It is disgusting knowing you are wearing a dead animal. I reside in Canada, and our boarder still allows cat and dog fur through. Like, what???

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