The Israeli authorities said they intend to ban the purchase and sale of natural animal fur, except in specially approved cases. This will be the first such decision in the whole world, the BBC reports.
According to the minister, the use of leather and fur in the fashion industry is “immoral”.
The fur industry kills hundreds of millions of animals around the world and is associated with untold cruelty and suffering.
Gila Gamliel, Minister of the Environment
At the same time, the official noted that the new rule will make rare exceptions for cases when the fur is needed in “scientific research, education or training, as well as for religious purposes.”
Exceptions are likely to be in the ultra-Orthodox community of Israel, many of which wear large round fur hats – streiml. Hasidim wear this headdress on especially solemn occasions.
Israel could become the first country in the world to impose a strict ban on the trade-in natural fur. A similar decision was previously made only in a few cities in Brazil and the United States. It is impossible to buy animal fur or products from it there.