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Urge Israel to Become the First Country in the World to Ban Fur

Urge Israel to Become the First Country in the World to Ban Fur

On September 2, politicians in Israel will be voting on a bill that, if passed, would make Israel the first country in the world to ban the import, production and sale of fur.

The bill was spurred by a documentary showing the horrors of the fur trade, including animals being skinned alive, that was produced by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel that aired in February on Israeli television.

The day after it aired, Jane Halevey head of the International Anti-Fur Coalition received messages from politicians who wanted to do something about the gruesome industry.

An 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 wrong.

Unfortunately some countries, including Denmark and Canada, among others, are opposing it not so much because it will impact their business, but because it will provide a shining example that other countries may follow.

Israel’s fur trade is small, worth only about $1 million a year, compared to more than $11 billion worldwide, according to the International Fur Trade Federation.

The ban was also being opposed by the Orthodox Jewish community, whose cultural headdress, called a shtreimel, is made of fur. The bill has been amended to include a cultural exception that will allow them to wear fur to preserve their tradition.

However, this past Sunday, the potential ban gained support at a meeting held between the Minister for Trade Ben-Eliezer, members of the ministry’s office, MK Ronit Tirosh, author of the bill and Jane Halevey where Ben-Eliezer officially decided to withdraw his opposition to the bill, which was a necessary step in order for it to be passed, according to the International Anti-Fur Coalition.

The bill has also received support from celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Brigitte Bardot, who wrote a personal letter to Ben-Eliezer that said, “Israel shall be applauded if this bill is voted in…if a nation is given a chance to act morally and declines the opportunity this would be more detrimental to the nation’s reputation for the world would know that you knew the truth behind the fur trade and choose money over morals”.

While several countries have a ban on fur production in place and a few bans are in place for select species, no one has a ban on the trade itself, which leaves markets open for importing products.

Israel has a chance here to set a global precedent telling the world that profits shouldn’t trump cruelty or suffering and, as the saying goes, animals need their fur, we don’t.

 

Please take a minute to send a letter in support of the bill through the International Anti-Fur Coalition. You can also find a sample letter and contact info at Born Free USA.

For more info on the fur industry, visit furkills.org, the International Anti-Fur Coalition and Let Animals Live Israel.

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9:14PM PDT on May 11, 2011

THIS IS EXCELENT

5:50AM PDT on Oct 2, 2010

Good on Israel!

4:25PM PDT on Sep 28, 2010

Yay Israel! I'm very happy to hear that you're taking a strong stance in this role and hopefully you'll set a precedent where other countries will follow. Some nice encouraging news today....

3:42AM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

This is amazing! I never even imagined this would happen, but I am so proud of Israel for taking such a huge initiative. Hopefully other countries will begin to follow their example (:

9:30AM PDT on Sep 13, 2010

What a progressive and humane idea! Wish the US would follow suit...

11:34AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

i think this is a great step. good job Israel!

11:26AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

This would be so fantastic! But one country is not enough - hopefully, we will be a no-fur planet!

10:57AM PDT on Sep 12, 2010

Yay :D

It's not like Israel really needs the fur, anyways. It's nice and warm on the Mediterranean.

6:19AM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Mazel tov!

And Happy New Year -- especially for the non-human animals.

6:17AM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Mazel tov! (And Happy New Year -- for the non-human animals as well)

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