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Matisyahu’s Take on Israel’s Proposed Fur Ban

Written by PETA | June 23, 2010


What do reggae star Matisyahu, the Israeli government, and fur have in common? The compassionate Jewish singer, who recently became vegan because of his disgust toward factory farms and to strictly adhere to Torah principles, has written a heartfelt letter on behalf of PETA to Israeli government leaders urging them to support a bill currently in the Knesset that would ban the fur trade in Israel. If the bill passes, Israel would be the first country to prohibit the production, sale, and importation of all fur products (with the exception of shtreimels, traditional fur hats worn by some Hasidim).

Matisyahu rightfully points out that stomping, beating, and bludgeoning animals violates the fundamental principle of tza’ar ba’alei chayim, which forbids gratuitous cruelty to animals.

In light of our recent undercover video about Chinese fur farms, it’s time right now for governments and the public to turn their backs on fur.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Woody McBreairty says:

    The words “animal slaughter, “fur” & “spirituality” do not go together. The killing of animals for has is sick, sinful & uncalled for. Religious rituals are man made. There are cultures that cruelly slaughter animals as a diety sacrifice, and they often “offer up” human sacrifice as well. People often use religion as an excuse for their inhumane behavior, both toward animals & ther humans, but it cannot be excused for any reason. It should not happen, period.

  • mike says:

    @Sharon F, i think you have a point with the fur hat thing but i would like to point out that Judaisms conception of animal ‘sacrifice’ and thus the use of animal furs by chassids is very bound up with Judaisms esoteric dimension. Whether theres reality to what they believe or not is not important, theyre not cruel, and they certainly do not support the current treatment of animals. Wearing the fur hats that they do has a significant spiritual reason, and it isnt done in vanity and superficiality as when worn by rich, egotistical men and woman. So, when seen from this perspective we can atleast say that the furs of the animal are being honored, and respected when worn by man who see this fur as befitting an image of sanctity and holiness.

  • MB says:

    Thank you Matisyahu for your courage to stand up to conventional mishegas. By the way there are some Hasidic groups that already don’t wear fur shtreimels because they’re too expensive. Fur hats are up to $5000 while fake fur is more like $500.

  • Suz says:

    Fellow Jew here big fan of Matisyahu big fan of vegetarianism it’s kosher! and bursting with pride for Matisyahu for taking such a public stance. I just love this.

  • Sharon F. says:

    Matisyahu and PETA want to support a bill in Israel that would ban all fur except for Hasid’s traditional fur hats Excuse me but isn’t tradition one of the reasons often cited by manunkind for their continued torture and abuse of animals? Cruelty to animals is the same whether the animal’s fur is sitting on a Hasid’s head or on a rich woman’s back. Once we start to compromise our position gets weaker and weaker and the pain filled screams of the suffering terrified animals gets louder and more hopeless. NO!!! Do not support a partial cruely bill push for a fur free ban. We are the only voice that the animals have and we should not rest until every cage and torture chamber is empty.

  • Lorin says:

    Although I hate to think about what happens to animals when they are slaughtered for meat what disgusts me even more is how they are killed for fur. It is sickening to watch but I know it’s important to see the brutality of it otherwise you just don’t understand what these poor things go through. I find it hard to believe that there are people out there who actually provide a market for fur in this day and age!

  • Veronica Knight says:

    Anyone that wears fur or commits barbaric crimes against animals should be ashamed. These animals don’t owe their life and fur to people. Fur Sucks and it ought to be against the law. I am glad that Israel is trying to make a difference. Animals are equal to humans. Go vegan.

  • Annette Bryne says:

    Israel can do it! They banned declawing of cats and foie gras already so let’s hope fur is next. Too bad Israel is so small. Wouldn’t it be great if the United States would ban just one of the above?

  • Jessica says:

    You go Matisyahu great music and obviously great compassion.

  • Lynn says:

    Yeah! Someone standing up for innocent animals. An industry that is absolutely rediculouscruel and has no spirituality in it for anyone.