Israel intends to ban the fur trade

Yvonne O'Halloran

Israel has confirmed that the country intends to ban fur trade, which will make it the first country in the world to ban both the buying and selling of animal skin. Gila Gamliel, Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister, revealed the reason behind the decision, saying “The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world, and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering.”

Before Israel made this announcement, very few cities and states have opted to entirely ban the buying and selling of fur, and no country as a whole has made such a decision. Instead, nations have chosen to limit the production of fur instead of outright banning it.

Gamliel said, “Utilizing the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral.” As such, the country’s new regulation will limit permits given for the buying and selling of fur used for “scientific research, education, or for instruction and for religious purposes or tradition.”

Animal rights groups in the United States, such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have applauded Israel’s decision. Katy Block, HSUS CEO, “Alternatives to fur are widely available now, and almost indistinguishable from the real thing. We commend Israel, France, the Netherlands, and all other countries that are working toward a fur-free future for moving in the right direction.”

Article written by Tessa Altman- United States

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