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Israel - New Bill Forbids Fur Sales, Except For Shtreimels

Published on: July 29, 2012 08:35 PM
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Photo illustration - An ultra-orthodox jewish man in a Shtreimel  store picking one for himself  in Jerusalem on July 14 2009  .Photo by Abir Sultan / FLASH90.Photo illustration - An ultra-orthodox jewish man in a Shtreimel store picking one for himself in Jerusalem on July 14 2009 .Photo by Abir Sultan / FLASH90.

Israel - A Knesset bill introduced late last week would forbid most sales of fur in Israel. Animal rights activists praised the legislation.

Unlike a measure Tirosh proposed in 2011, which received heavy opposition particularly from fur hat proprietors in the haredi community, the current measure would allow the sale of fur needed for science or to follow traditional customs or express cultural identity. No fur is produced in Israel.

The bill, drafted by MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) in conjunction with the Israel-based International Anti-Fur Coalition, received the support of eight Knesset members from across the political spectrum – Tirosh, Eitan Cabel (Labor), Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz), Yoel Hasson (Kadima), Dov Henin (Hadash), Miri Regev (Likud), Nino Abesadze (Kadima) and Masud Ganaim (United Arab List).

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“Fighting for people’s consciousness is a daily undertaking, and this legislation may yet save millions of animals,” Jane Halevy, executive director and founder of the International Anti-Fur Coalition, said. “It’s time to do this at last and finally end the fur trade in Israel. Such legislation should gain immense respect for Israel and its citizens.”

The text of the bill explains that there is no longer any necessity for fur, as synthetic fabrics heat much more efficiently, and fur is now simply a fashion item and status symbol. A ban on the sale of fur within Israel would provide animals protection according to the Animal Welfare Law, and would be in accordance with the values of human compassion and Judaism, the bill text says.

The fur industry uses millions of animals every year – animals that spend their lives in tiny mesh cages and quickly face death, according to the Anti-Fur Coalition.

“Israel may well become the first country to ban fur sales nationwide,” the coalition said, noting that many cities around the world already ban sales of fur. Such cities include Dublin and Fingal in Ireland and West Hollywood in California.

“The hope is that Israel shall be the first to join, as an entire nation, the growing number of compassionate furfree cities,” the coalition said.

Because the bill would not interfere with international sales to Israel, Halevy told The Jerusalem Post that she felt the opposition to it would be much less than to previous proposals, and she felt it had a good chance of passing in the Knesset.

Also, because a few cities throughout the world have now adopted anti-fur rules, Israel doing so would not be quite so unprecedented, she added.

“Israel has this splendid opportunity to lead [the movement] as a country,” Halevy said.

The organization Anonymous for Animal Rights told the Post that its members hope lawmakers “will be responsive to public sentiment” and approve the bill.

“The Israeli public strongly opposes animal abuse, and fur is perceived clearly – a corpse of a helpless creature who was killed violently,” the group said. “There is no justification for crushing bones in foot traps or skinning conscious animals – accepted and documented methods of the fur industry – certainly not for articles of clothing that are never needed in the Israeli climate.”

Content is provided courtesy of the Jerusalem Post

 



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 Jul 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM AlbertEinstein Says:

Nebach, these people have more rachmonus on chayos than they do on their brothers and sisters.

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 Jul 29, 2012 at 09:45 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand israel is a free country and won't even forbid chazer, why this stupid ban

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 Jul 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM Geulah Says:

I'm in agreement, that animals should have rights. That's why there are MK's who aren't Jewish and don't have the best interests of the Jewish people in the Knesset.

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 Jul 29, 2012 at 10:31 PM Benny Says:

Why do jews have to join all the stupidities first?
So you forbid the sale - they'll buy on Cypress.

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 Jul 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM Tzaar Baalei Chaim Says:

WONDERFUL! Tzaar baalei chaim, compassion for animals, is an important mitzva. I hope this bill goes through!

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 Jul 29, 2012 at 11:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Tzaar Baalei Chaim Says:

WONDERFUL! Tzaar baalei chaim, compassion for animals, is an important mitzva. I hope this bill goes through!

If you are right, then why are shtriemels exempt?

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 07:03 AM shredready Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If you are right, then why are shtriemels exempt?

Good question

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 09:14 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, it isn't a matter of "animal rights." It is a matter of animal cruelty. There is a difference between "you shouldn't set Fluffy on fire" and "Fluffy should be allowed to vote." Fur adds little to society but does so at a cost of great cruelty. There is an argument to made for banning it, but "animal rights" is not that argument.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 12:27 AM TimewillTell Says:

Wish they ban streimlech too ASAP its too heavy and expensive .....

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 12:37 AM judith Says:

Shtreimels should be banned, too. The fur comes from China where animals are sometimes skinned alive to save time. They are raised in torturous conditions. It's a blight on all of humanity to buy fur.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 12:49 AM common-sense Says:

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Anonymous Says:

If you are right, then why are shtriemels exempt?

Because freedom of religion is an important human right

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 02:27 AM moti Says:

to #6 to prevent civil war. Now people it is not true that "chodosh ossur min hatorah". How can you wear a streimel if you know the fur was brought about through forbidden practices? Open your eyes! I don't understand why chareidim get so worked up about this. It is a poshute halachic point! Like smoking nowadays, even though we now know it's dangerous. One you find out a habit or custom is causing an aveira d'oraysa it's time to stop! All the above commentators going on about bandwagons etc. yes Judaism DOES believe in avoiding unnecessary cruelty to animals!

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM Love Davka Says:

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AlbertEinstein Says:

Nebach, these people have more rachmonus on chayos than they do on their brothers and sisters.

How do you know?
I would assume that they - like all other people - are opposed to the torture of their brothers and sisters far more than the torture of animals.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM YUL-TLV-HKG Says:

This is move funded by PETA. Israel is a left leaning, warm climate country that has no intrinsic need or desire for fur. They will use this a stepping stone to ban fur worldwide. Next come shecitah. Bet on it!

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM Anonymous Says:

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AlbertEinstein Says:

Nebach, these people have more rachmonus on chayos than they do on their brothers and sisters.

I don't see Israelis killing each other - don't know what you're talking about.

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 Aug 01, 2012 at 11:43 PM mogenavrochom Says:

streimels in Israel could be made with fake fur.....Real fur streimels give warmth and was used in cold parts of poland and russia.
Therefore chasidim living in Israel could save money, spare cruelty to small animals and still maintain the custom.

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