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Wild animals can relax as hunting may soon be prohibited, please send another pro-ban/anti-fur sample message

October 30, 2010

From The Jerusalem Post
By Ehud Zion Waldoks

As part of new bill nearly all animals in Israel would be accorded protected species status instead of just some animals.


While fewer and fewer hunting licenses have been renewed each year for the past 10 years and no new licenses are granted at all, the sport could disappear entirely if a bill by the Environmental Protection Ministry passes into law.

On Sunday, the bill was approved by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, giving it government backing and paving the way for swift passage through the Knesset.

According to the bill, which modifies the Wildlife Preservation Law, instead of some animals in Israel being accorded protected species status, nearly all animals would receive that status.

Only in a few instances would hunting be permissible – to prevent ecological damage or a threat to people.

Additionally, spreading poison on the ground or selling animal furs would be prohibited. The fines and jail time for illegal hunting would also increase under the new bill.

There are about 2,000 hunters with permits in Israel and the types of animals that are permissible to hunt have been narrowing each year. At one point, there were 6,000 licensed hunters but the area could only sustain about 2,000 hunters. Even those 2,000 have been whittled down by the Nature and Parks Authority through nonrenewal of licenses.

These days, with the pace of urban development and the encroachment on open spaces, conservation agencies see little need for hunting.

The new bill would cancel the entire licensing process and in essence do away with hunting for sport altogether.

The original law was passed in the 1950s and doesn’t provide sufficient protection to wild animals, the ministry said. Whereas hunting was considered a normal activity in the 20th century, in the 21st century preservation of species and habitats has taken precedence.

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel commended the bill.

“We praise the advancement of the bill, which includes banning sport hunting in Israel,” the SPNI said. “Development pressures already do a lot of damage to nature and therefore there isn’t room anymore for sport hunting.

There is a unique and rich biodiversity in Israel and it is our responsibility to protect it rather than damage it through unnecessary activities.”

Fur is Obsolete, Murder is Absolute

Entry for the 2010 Design against fur Internation animation contest. ‘Venari’- latin for ‘The Hunt’.

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Please take action again, from Anti-Fur Coalition

Thousands of people both locally and globally have sent in letters of support for the bill to Minister Yaakov Margi!

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!

Please send your letter to Minister Yakov Margi:

Fax: +972 2- 5311308
Phone number: +972 2- 5311101

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.


(Your Name Here)



we applaud you israel if you take the lead
banning the fur trade and its blood thirsty greed
fur belongs on the animal where it was born,
not on the backs of the vain and frivolous,

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. CATHALA Corine permalink
    October 31, 2010 5:28 am

    On doit interdire le commerce de la fourrure, c’est de la barbarie et de nos jours c’est inutile!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 31, 2010 7:02 am

    hunters need to find the wizard for a heart and a brain, and should have plenty of time to do so, once hunting is prohibited!!!!


  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 31, 2010 7:47 am

    we applaud you israel if you take the lead
    banning the fur trade and its blood thirsty greed
    fur belongs on the animal where it was born,
    not on the backs of the vain and frivolous,


  4. ana molina permalink
    October 31, 2010 8:56 am

    When we start respecting life in all it´s manifestations, the world will be a good world to live in.
    Here is a great cheer for Israel, my deepest recognition to this great country!


  5. michelle morel permalink
    October 31, 2010 8:56 am

    it is so good that messages and action to stop the slaughtering, and killing of many animals are getting across before a lot of god’s creatures disappear from this planet once and for all so sad


  6. Agnes permalink
    November 2, 2010 7:42 am

    Stop killing animals before is too late



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