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Breaking! Massive Oil Spill Off The Coast Of Israel Wreaks Havoc Covering Sea Turtles In Thick Tar; Rescue & Cleanup Efforts Are Underway

Photos by: Yaniv Levi, Shlomi Amran, Shlomi Ben Shimol, and Nadi Kansky from Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Facebook

Israel is in an urgent race to save wildlife after an oil tanker leaked in the Mediterranean Sea. This is Israel’s most serious ecological disaster in recent years.

As per a statement from Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, sticky, black tar began washing up and contaminating the beaches last Wednesday, as a result of the stormy weather. It is feared that another storm with high waves will begin this week.

Thousands of trained volunteers across Israel are helping with beach restoration efforts, which include rescuing marine animals. Israel Sea Turtle Rescue Center confirmed in a post on its Facebook page that it is treating multiple turtles covered in tar.

The organization, which is affiliated with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority and the Israel Nature and Heritage Foundation (INHF), is urging the public to immediately report any sea turtle found “alive or dead” to its 3639 hotline.

“Live turtles must come to treatment at the rescue center as soon as possible, while the dead turtles are important to document, so that we learn the scope of the disaster,” the wildlife sanctuary shared in the post.

Sadly, out of 190km of beach in Israel, 170km were hit by the oil spill, from Rosh Hanikra to Zikim. The nature reserves affected include: Shakmona, Habonim, Rosh Hanikra, Tel Dor, Palmachim, Nitzanim, Zik Gedor, Hasharon Beach.

As noted by the Nature and Parks Authority on its Facebook page, field assessments report that it is evident that these complex and strenuous operations will be required to continue over a long period of time. The Authority is working with EcoOcean and other organizations that are involved in the clean-up and are setting up information and volunteer stations at several centers along the beach.

If you are currently in Israel and would like to volunteer to help in the cleanup efforts, please find more information HERE!

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Breaking! Israel Is On Its Way To Becoming The 1st Country In The World To Ban The Immoral Fur Trade

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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