Israel will become first country in the world to ban animal fur sales

Yvonne O'Halloran

Israel will become the first country where fur sales are banned by law due to new legislation which comes into effect in six months time.

Animal fur will still be permitted in situations where it is believed to benefit ‘scientific research, education or instruction, and for religious purposes or tradition’.

Nonetheless, the ban will still save the lives of millions of animals and it is hoped that other countries will be inspired to also consider enforcing a fur sales ban.

Environmental protection minister, Gila Gamliel, who passed the ban into law said in a statement after signing the regulations: “The fur industry causes the deaths of hundreds of millions of animals worldwide. And, inflicts indescribable cruelty and suffering.”

“Using the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral and is certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover the brutal murder industry that makes them.

“Signing these regulations will make the Israeli fashion market more environmentally friendly and far kinder to animals.”

Jane Halevy, founder of the International Anti-Fur Coalition, an animal rights movement which has been working towards the ban for over a decade, also said: “The IAFC has promoted a bill to ban the sale of fur in Israel since 2009, and we applaud the Israeli government for finally taking the historic leap towards making fur for fashion history. All animals suffer horrifically at the hands of this cruel and backwards industry. Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come. Killing animals for fur should become illegal everywhere – it is high time that governments worldwide ban the sale of fur.” 

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom

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