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Today, Israel has become the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur for fashion. Effective six months from now, the ban only allows exemptions for the use of fur in “scientific research, education, or instruction, and for religious purposes or tradition.” These exemptions would permit the sale of shtreimels (fur hats traditionally worn on Shabbat and holidays by Orthodox men), for example. 

Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection, Gila Gamliel, passed the ban into law. “The fur industry causes the deaths of hundreds of millions of animals worldwide, and inflicts indescribable cruelty and suffering,” Gamliel said. “Using the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral and is certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover the brutal murder industry that makes them. Signing these regulations will make the Israeli fashion market more environmentally friendly and far kinder to animals.”

A number of local activists and animal…

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