While an increasing number of cities across the world have banned the selling of animal skins and furs in recent years, no government has enacted such a policy on a national level — that is, until now.
Israel has recently become the first country in the world to ban the use of animal fur and skins. Announcing plans for the new regulations, Israel’s environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said the use of skin and fur for the fashion industry is “immoral”.
Once the ban is enacted, anyone who wishes to buy or sell fur in the country must apply for a special permit under strict regulations. The ministry said it will only grant such permits in special cases, including scientific research, education, or religious/traditional purposes.
“The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world, and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering,” said Gamliel. “Utilising the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral.” Those who will violate the new law will risk a fine of up to $22,000 or one-year imprisonment.