Announcing new regulations in Israel, environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said the use of leather and fur for the fashion industry was immoral. For this reason, in the future, permits for this type of trade will be awarded only on the basis of severely restricted criteria.
Israel could ban trade in animal fur
As things stand, anyone in Israel wishing to buy or sell fur must apply for a permit, but under the new rules this will only be allowed for "scientific research, education or instruction and for religious or traditional purposes."
In this sense, it is likely that the exemption applies to Israel's large ultra-Orthodox community where many of the men wear large round fur hats called shtreimels. "The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering," said Gamliel.
Using the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral." Anyone caught breaking the law in Israel will face a fine of up to $ 22,000 (18,500 euros) or a year in prison. Talking about good new and animals, some days ago we told you how France bans wild animals in traveling circuses!
So no more wild animals in traveling circuses, a ban on the reproduction of orcas and dolphins in captivity, an end to mink farms for their fur. A historic breakthrough in France in the protection of animal rights announced by the Minister of Environmental Transition, Barbara Pompili, on the eve of the first UN conference on biodiversity.
A transition that will also take place thanks to a government funding of 8 million euros for the conversion of circuses and workers in water parks. She said: "The time has come for the ancestral fascination for these wild animals to no longer translate into situations in which captivity passes before their well-being.
Circuses and other realities will have to reinvent themselves, with the support of the state. Solutions will be found on a case-by-case basis, for each circus and each animal," she then said, specifying that the measure concerns only traveling circuses, not permanent structures and shows.
Paris had already banned the amendment of circuses with animals since November 2019. The hypothesis is that it will immediately be forbidden to use native wild animals (wolves, bears and birds of prey), and in progressive stages on different species, up to the ban total in 2026.
Furthermore, no new dolphins or killer whales will be introduced in the three dolphins in France, their reproduction in captive conditions will no longer be authorized and new activities will no longer be opened, with the aim of concluding the process in 7 and 10 years.
The timing of the measure is not yet clear at the moment. Setting a date does not solve all the problems. I prefer to start a process so that it happens as soon as possible, the minister stressed. Among the issues to be resolved, there will be the fate of at least 500 felines which obviously cannot be released but will have to be relocated in some way.