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Israel becomes the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur to the fashion industry

Israel becomes the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur to the fashion industry

  • The amendment was signed on Wednesday and will take effect in six months
  • It prohibits the sale of furs for fashion except in cases of science, education or religion
  • Orthodox Jews granted exemption for the purchase of Shtreimals, worn on Shabbat
  • Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said the fur industry was “cruel”

Israel became the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur to the fashion industry

Israel became the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur to the fashion industry.

The amendment was signed on Wednesday and will take effect in six months, environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said.

“The fur industry causes the deaths of hundreds of millions of animals around the world and indescribable cruelty and suffering,” he added. ‘Using wildlife skin and fur for the fashion industry is immoral and certainly not necessary.

‘Animal furs cannot cover up the brutal murder industry that produces them. Signing these regulations will make the Israeli fashion market more environmentally friendly and much kinder to animals.’

The amendment includes several exemptions for the use of fur in science, education, and religious traditions, such as the purchase of Shtreimal, fur hats worn by Orthodox Jewish men on Shabbat and other holidays.

Hats, made from the tails of sable and foxes, are the most common use of fur in Israel.

The amendment was signed on Wednesday and will take effect in six months, environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said.

The amendment was signed on Wednesday and will take effect in six months, environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said.

Plans to ban fur were first announced by Gamliel in October, who explained that the Nature and Parks Authority would be able to issue exemption permits for certain reasons.

The move was welcomed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) who said the amendment is a “historic victory” that “will protect countless foxes, minks, rabbits and other animals from being violently killed. for their skin “.

The charity continually argued that fur was banned, noting the risk of disease outbreaks in factory farms and pointing to recent cases of Covid-19 in mink farms in Denmark.

The amendment includes several exemptions for the use of fur in science, education, and religious traditions - such as the purchase of Shtreimals, fur hats worn by Orthodox Jewish men on Shabbat and other holidays (pictured)

The amendment includes several exemptions for the use of fur in science, education, and religious traditions – such as the purchase of Shtreimals, fur hats worn by Orthodox Jewish men on Shabbat and other holidays (pictured)

While Humane Society International UK Executive Director Claire Bass said: “The fur ban in Israel will save the lives of millions of animals who suffer on fur farms or languish in cruel traps around the world, and send a clear message that fur is unethical, obsolete. ‘

According to the NGO, a European division of the US Humane Society, nearly 100 million animals are killed each year for their fur to meet global demand, while millions more are trapped and killed in the wild for the same purpose.

California banned the sale of fur for fashion in 2019, following bans in many cities in the US state, and lawmakers in Hawaii and Rhode Island have come up with similar proposals.

Fashion brands including Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Versace, and Armani have also adopted fur-free policies.

The UK was the first country in the world to ban fur production in 2003, but still allows the import and sale of the animal product.

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