Israel has banned the sale of natural fur. The corresponding decree was signed by the Minister of Environment of the country Gila Gamliel. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post.
The law will prohibit the sale and purchase of fur for the production of clothing, but it will still be possible to sell fur for scientific, educational and religious purposes. According to Gamliel, the use of fur in clothing is “immoral and unnecessary.”
“The fur industry is the cause of the death of hundreds of millions of animals around the world and leads to indescribable cruelty and suffering,” the minister said.
Animal rights non-governmental organization Animals Now hailed the Israeli authorities’ decision and called it a “historic milestone” that will “save countless animals from the hell of the fur industry.”
“We fought for years to ban the sale of furs in the fashion industry, and from the very beginning 86% of Israelis supported it. We thank Minister Gamliel and Tala Gilboa, the Prime Minister’s Animal Rights Advisor, and our long-term partners Let The Animals Live and the IAFC, ”Animals Now said.
The IAFC (International Fur Fight Coalition) advocated the adoption of a bill to ban the sale of fur in Israel since 2009. “There is nothing stronger than an idea whose time has come. Killing animals for fur should become illegal around the world, ”added IAFC founder Jane Halevy.
Previously, no country has adopted such a ban. However, in 2019, the US state of California also banned the sale of fur for clothing.