Israel takes a giant step, approving expansion on anti-fur bill to include all animals

In one of the most important achievements in the combined efforts of the International Anti-Fur Coalition and Let the Animals Live in their endeavors to protect fur bearing animals, the ministerial committee for legislative affairs accepted their request and approved unanimously the expansion on MK Ronit Tirosh’s bill. The bill prohibited originally only the trade of cat and dog fur and was approved on its first reading; it has been expanded by amendment to include all fur from all mammals. The ban includes an exception on specific fur hats worn by a few people for cultural identity.

This bill is a global and historic precedent.

Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon and Minister of Environmental Protection Gilad Arden addressed the Ministerial Committee with the assistance of Minister of Education, Gideon Saar,  Jane Halevy of the International Anti-Fur Coalition and attorney Joshua Rotbert, legal adviser of Let the Animals Live, initiated the matter with the help of  Knesset member Nitzan Horowitz, thus bringing to the government’s attention the cruel truth behind the fur trade.

Now that the legislative committee has unanimously approved the amendment, the Education, Culture and Sports Ministry committee will hold a vote on the amendment later in the month and, following their approval, the bill will be put to a second and then third reading before finally being passed into law.

This brings Israel one step closer to becoming the first fur-free country in the world.