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Israel becomes the first country to ban the sale of animal skins

In recent years, many cities around the world have banned the selling of animal skins and furs however, no government has put such a policy on a national level - until now.

In recent years, many cities around the world have banned the selling of animal skins and furs however, no government has put such a policy on a national level – until now.

Israel has now 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 put into action, 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.

Gamliel said,“The fur industry causes the killing of hundreds of millions of animals around the world, and involves indescribable cruelty and suffering,” 

“Utilising the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral.”

There is also a fine of $22,000 or one-year imprisonment to anyone who breaks or violates the new law.

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