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article imageOp-Ed: Welcoming Israel’s revolutionary legislation banning fur sales

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By Ernest Dempsey
Aug 14, 2012 in World
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Jerusalem - Israel is considering passing a historical legislation that will ban fur sales in the country. This is one of the most humane laws ever proposed in a country and Israel may well become the leader in enforcing protection of animal life.
Animal rights activists worldwide cheered up in November last year when West Hollywood California officially approved banning fur sales in the city. This ban will be taking effect next year, that is 2013. But now a more sweeping move may likely hold the breath of all those who care about animal life and well-being as Israel is considering passing a legislation that will impose a general ban on fur sales in the country. If passed by the parliament, this revolutionary law will make Israel the first country in the world to ban fur sales generally.
Fur is the one of the cruelest industries in the world since its raw material is not some inanimate matter but living, breathing animal life which is sensitive to pain and suffering. A ban on the fur industry is a long-held demand of animal rights activists throughout the world. Though the current law, which is under discussion, will allow use of fur for scientific or some cultural practices, the large-scale ban on its sale is sure to make a huge difference in the lives of countless animals that are subject to killing for getting their skin.
Care2 informs that a recent poll conducted by animal rights activist groups found that 79 percent people in Israel are in favor of banning fur sales nationwide while 86 percent consider it wrong to kill animals for fur. The site tells that fur industry has been opposing the previous efforts in the direction of ban on fur sales in the country. Obviously, these fur-sellers place the safety and life of animals below their revenue registers. However, those who have tabled the bill demanding legal ban on fur sales have pointed out cogently that wearing fur is now more a matter of fashion and status while synthetic fabrics provide better heating than fur.
Although fur farming is banned in some European countries, including Austria and United Kingdom, a countrywide ban on the sale of fur has not been attempted previously. If Israeli parliament passes the bill and fur sale is banned in the country constitutionally, it will be one of the most historical measures in the increasingly growing world of animal rights. For the victims of this cruel industry, Israel will be no less than an earthly heaven, the living example of humane legislation. Fingers crossed for Israel’s country-wide ban on fur sales!
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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