Israel has become the world’s first country to prohibit the sale of fur to the fashion industry.
The amendment was signed on Wednesday and will take effect in six months, according to Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel.
In 2003, the United Kingdom became the first country in the world to outlaw the production of fur, but it still allows the import and sale of the animal product.
‘The fur industry kills hundreds of millions of animals worldwide and causes indescribable cruelty and suffering,’ she adds.
‘Using wildlife skin and fur for the fashion industry is immoral and certainly unnecessary.
‘The brutal murder industry that produces animal fur coats cannot be concealed by animal fur coats. Signing these regulations will make the Israeli fashion industry more environmentally friendly and animal-friendly.’
The amendment contains several exceptions for the use of fur in science, education, and religious traditions, such as the purchase of Shtreimals, fur hats worn by Orthodox Jewish men on Shabbat and other holidays.
Hats made from sable and fox tails are the most common use of fur in Israel
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Gamliel first announced plans to ban fur in October, explaining that the Nature and Parks Authority would be able to issue exemption permits for specific reasons.
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) praised the move, calling it a “historic victory” that would “protect countless foxes, minks, rabbits, and other animals from being violently killed for their skin.”
The charity has long advocated for the abolition of fur, citing the risk of disease outbreaks in intensive farms and recent cases of Covid-19 on mink farms in Denmark.
According to Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK, “Israel’s fur ban will save the lives of millions of animals suffering on fur farms or languishing in cruel traps around the world, and it sends a clear message that fur is unethical, unnecessary, and outdated.”
According to the NGO, a European division of the US Humane Society, nearly 100 million animals are killed for their fur each year to meet global demand, while millions more are trapped and killed in the wild for the same reason.
California banned the sale of fur for fashion in 2019, following bans in several US cities, and legislators in Hawaii and Rhode Island have introduced legislation prohibiting the sale of fur for fashion.