Israel Poised to Ban Fur

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With the weather warming up, a lot of fur-wearers will be retiring their pelts to closets and vaults until autumn. But that doesn’t mean that “fur season” is over.

Consider this—right now, the following is happening around the world:

  • Baby seals are being shot and beaten on the ice floes off Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
  • Also in Canada, mother bears are in danger of being shot—leaving their cubs to starve to death—so that their fur can be used to make pointless ceremonial caps for The Queen’s Guards in the U.K.
  • Animals on fur farms are being packed into tiny cages, going insane from stress and captivity, or being poisoned, electocuted, or even skinned alive.
  • Elsewhere, wild animals—or perhaps your cat or dog—are caught in cruel steel-jaw traps, terrified and in anguish.

But while those winter coats are forgotten about for a few months, there are some people who will still have fur on their mind this summer, including the entire nation of Israel. Israeli Knesset Member Nitzan Horowitz has introduced the world’s first nationwide bill to prohibit the fur industry. If it becomes law, this bill would prohibit the production, sale, and importation of all fur products throughout Israel. Very cool news for a hot season!

Check out PETA Asia Pacific’s site to encourage continued support for this historic bill. And if that just whets your appetite for some serious warm-weather fur-fighting, check this out too.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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