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Ban on Fur Trade in Israel Frozen via Dirty Politics

September 15, 2010

The anti-fur bill in Israel postponed the day before it was to be voted in, contrary to all expectations.

Please express your disappointment; email the minister with your own message or copy the SAMPLE LETTER below.

From International Anti-Fur Coalition

Tel-Aviv, September, 2nd 2010 – While the bill to ban fur was to be voted in on September, 2nd, Yakov Margi, the Israeli Minister of Religious Services, only one day before, played a very dirty trick. Despite the resolution of all existing conflicting matters, he gave no concrete argument and only said, that he’d like to have the bill reviewed again!

MK Zevulun Orlev, the committee leader then canceled the planned meeting at which the bill was likely to have been voted in. Margi also requested to have the bill reviewed again at the Legislative Committee of Ministers, which would be a huge step backwards, but in the meantime animal rights organizations managed to halt that request until a meeting takes place between both parties, to mediate the unexpected reversal of the situation.

MK Mozes, the main opponent of the bill, after looking at pictures depicting the terrible suffering of the animals in the fur trade, had even confided at the first private meeting that the religious should be the ones leading the fight against the fur trade. While he had said he would relay this message to other religious leaders, he changed his heart!

MK Ronit Tirosh, who has introduced the bill, continues to fight indefatigably for a legislation that would save millions of innocent animals from the fate, anguish and slaughter of the fur trade.

This situation put Israel in a very negative light as the world watches the dirty political games that are played between the religious parties and the fur lobbyists; instead of taking the opportunity to take a moral and ethical historical step.

If you want to halt in the torture and murder of mammals in the fur trade: the time is NOW!

This influential bill is being put into jeopardy by the extreme lobbying of the fur industry and the Religious parties. Our imperative appeal to the Israeli Knesset is to make evident that the global voice is against the cruel fur trade and supports this vital bill. Tell Minister Yakov Margi that he should not be lead by a greed motivated industry, which is acting out under the reality of a worldwide growing awareness against the fur trade. The animals need your voice now!

Please send a letter today showing your support of this bill and that passage of this ban is vital to the innocent animals in the fur trade and to worldwide public opinion of Israel!

Immediate International Support is Vital.


Please send your letter to Minister Yakov Margi:,,

Please also put in copy:

MK Menachem Ben Eliezer Mozes:
MK Haim Amsalem:

As a group:,,,,

Fax: +972 2- 5311308

Phone number: +972 2- 5311101

Binyamin Fuad Ben-Eliezer
Minister of Industry, Trade and Employment
5 Bank Israel Street

SAMPLE LETTER courtesy of Born Free, addresses above.

Dear Minister,

I am writing to let you know that I strongly support the bill to ban the fur trade in Israel. This ban would set an important, compassionate example for other countries to follow.

As you know, each year, more than 70 million animals are killed for fashion. Whether used as a full-length coat or simple trim, fur represents senseless pain and suffering.

Wild-caught fur, obtained by setting traps or snares to capture fur-bearing animals, can result in the animal remaining in the trap or snare for several days before starving or slowly strangling to death. If the animal is still alive when the trapper comes to check the trap or snare, she will be beaten over the head or shot. Non-target animals who are accidentally caught and killed in these traps, such as deer, cats, dogs, and squirrels, are called “trash” and discarded.

Israel has a remarkable opportunity to be a world-leader by banning fur nationwide. The government should stand strong and do what’s right, unmoved by the self-interested pleadings of well-paid lobbyists. There is a global groundswell of support for the Israeli legislation in countries that are Israel’s friends and allies. These legions of compassionate citizens will hold Israel up as a beacon of hope for the entire world to see.

Once again, please support the ban on the fur trade to alleviate animal suffering and so that other countries, including the United States, may follow your compassionate lead.


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 12:07 pm



  2. burri janine permalink
    September 15, 2010 11:02 pm

    stop it,now!!!


  3. Fabienne Amnesty For Animals permalink
    September 19, 2010 10:34 am

    Email sent to targets!!
    Thank you dear!



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