The historic move to ban the fur trade, which results in the senseless suffering and death of thousands of animals each year, was recently set in motion in Israel. The news was shared on numerous social media posts over the weekend, including one from the country’s Environmental Protection Minister, Gila Gamliel. Once instituted, Israel would become the first country in the world to ban the barbaric trade.
“This morning an important move I initiated is on its way to being implemented; the ban on the fur trade in Israel. There is no need and no justification for the use of fur in the garment industry,” Minister Gamliel shared on her Facebook page. “I call on all countries to join us and together we will show benevolence and act kindly towards animals.”
Gamliel also recognized noted Israeli Animal Liberation and vegan activist, Tal Gilboa, with whom the Minister collaborates with on critical animal welfare issues in the country.
“Tal Gilboa, thank you for your partnership,” Minister Gamliel continued in the post. “Together, we will continue to promote other important decisions for animals in Israel.”
Gilboa responded to the Minister’s message on her own Facebook page, calling Gamliel, “The right woman in the right place!” Good will is not enough, explained Gilboa, who emphasized the need for action, before acknowledging the Minister’s courage, determination, and huge heart.
“At the initiative of the Minister, we published draft regulations to ban permits for wild animal fur trade, except for limited purposes,” the Sviva Ministry confirmed on its Facebook page. “The exploitation of the wildlife’s skin and fur for the fashion industry is immoral!”
In Israel, many men wear shtreimels, which are fur hats worn by married Jewish men on Shabbat as well as on other religious holidays and festivities. Traditional shtreimels are commonly made from the pelts of sables, foxes, and other fur-bearing animals. They reportedly cost thousands of dollars as it takes an estimated 30 animals to make one shtreimel.
Fortunately, many Jewish leaders now support the wearing of shtreimels made from synthetic fur.
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