Historic Victory for Animals: Israel Bans Fur

Historic Victory for Animals: Israel Bans Fur

London – This week, Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel signed into law  a bill that makes Israel the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur. The historic ban follows years of efforts by local activists, PETA affiliates, and PETA US Honorary Director Pamela Anderson, which included personally lobbying government officials in Tel Aviv and appeals to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a ban on fur. The proposal received overwhelming support from 86% of Israelis.

“Israel has just made history and put yet another nail in the cruel fur industry’s coffin,” says PETA Vice President of International Programmes Mimi Bekhechi. “With the British government currently exploring a similar ban – which would make it the first country in Europe to close its borders to fur – we’re getting ever closer to a day when no animals are suffocated or skinned alive for collars and cuffs.”

PETA has released numerous video exposés of the global fur industry, revealing that animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest killing methods available, including neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, and genital electrocution. Animals are sometimes still alive and struggling when workers hang them up by their legs or tails to skin them.

PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview) notes that many top designers and retailers – including Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Chanel – have banned fur.

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