The Daily Telegraph

Is­rael to be first coun­try to ban trade in fur

- By Camp­bell Mac­di­armid Animals · Middle East News · Middle East Politics · Animal Rights · Wildlife · Politics · Ecology · Israel · Benjamin Netanyahu · United Kingdom · California · Likud Party · Humane Society International

IS­RAEL may be­come the first coun­try to ban the trade in fur, fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment by the coun­try’s en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion min­is­ter.

Call­ing the buy­ing and sell­ing of an­i­mal pelts for the fash­ion in­dus­try “im­moral”, Gila Gam­liel said Is­rael would out­law the prac­tice.

“The fur in­dus­try causes the killing of hun­dreds of mil­lions of an­i­mals around the world,” the min­is­ter from Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s rul­ing Likud Party an­nounced.

“There is no need or jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the use of furs in the fash­ion in­dus­try.”

Ex­emp­tions would be avail­able for “sci­en­tific re­search, education, for in­struc­tion and re­li­gious pur­poses and tra­di­tion”. Male mem­bers of Is­rael’s ortho­dox Jewish com­mu­nity typ­i­cally wear fur hats called shtreimels on the sab­bath and hol­i­days. The an­nounce­ment was wel­comed by an­i­mal rights ac­tivists.

“Ex­cit­ing news from Is­rael,” said the UK branch of Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, which is cam­paign­ing to ban fur sales in the United King­dom.

An­i­mals Now, an Is­raeli ad­vo­cacy group, said: “The min­is­ter’s im­por­tant de­ci­sion will save count­less an­i­mals.”

Some cities world­wide have al­ready banned fur sales. Cal­i­for­nia be­came the first US state to do so in Oc­to­ber 2019.

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