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VICTORY: Israel becomes first country to ban ‘immoral’ animal fur trade

Row of coats made of animal fur

Announcing plans for new law, Israel's environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said the use of skin and fur for the fashion industry was immoral.

BBC NEWS: Israel says it intends to ban the buying and selling of animal furs, apart from in specially approved cases, making it the first country to do so… Until now, only a handful of cities – in the US, and São Paulo in Brazil – have banned the sale of all animal fur… Anyone found breaking the law in Israel will face a fine of up to $22,000 (18,500 euros; £17,000) or a year in prison…

Announcing plans for new regulations, environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said the use of skin and fur for the fashion industry was “immoral”… “The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world, and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering,” said Ms Gamliel. “Utilising the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral”…

Her ministry said future permits would only be considered under certain, limited criteria… The exemption is likely to apply to Israel’s sizeable ultra-Orthodox community, among whom many of the men wear large round fur hats called shtreimels, believed to have originated as a custom in Eastern Europe. SOURCE…

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