The Israeli government has announced that the sale of animal skin items is banned in the country. The legislation is unprecedented in the world and has the approval of 86% of the population.
National and international brands operating in the country will have six months to replace the pieces in circulation. The change has moved ministries other nations, including here in Brazil, in favor of the same type of change.
Israel had implemented similar actions before. In 1976, the country applied a law in which it prohibited the creation of animals for the sale of fur.
Several countries around the world have already introduced partial bans on the fur trade, especially for endangered species such as seals, for example.
“Using the fur and fur of wild animals for the fashion industry is immoral and certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover up the brutal killing industry of those who manufacture them,” said Israel's Environment Protection Minister, Gila Gamliel, upon signing the new law.
The ban, however, does not cover the manufacture of “Schtreimel”, a hat worn by some ultra-Orthodox Jews, made animal skins.
For the organization PETA, which initiated the action to pass the law, the new legislation brings many other meanings.
For them, other countries should also apply stricter rules for the marketing, import and export of pieces with animal skin.
“There is another reason why all countries should follow in Israel's footsteps: herding sick and stressed animals in unsanitary conditions on fur farms creates the perfect breeding ground for deadly diseases,” explains the NGO in a statement.
“The new coronavirus has been found on mink fur farms in a dozen countries – Canada, Denmark ( a variant of the disease in humans has infected mink), France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the US – resulting in the emergency slaughter of tens of millions of animals,” the statement warned.