Birgitte Bardo, Sir Paul McCartney help push forward anti-animal cruelty legislation in the Knesset.
In a strange and surreal world that we live in today, Israel is once again a lightening rod – this time in the battle against cruelty to animals. Animal rights activists around the world are poised to heap praises on a tiny country in the Middle East that is considering a ban on fur, with a small exception for religious gear.
On Sunday, Israel’s Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, met with MK Tirosh who authored the bill and Jane Halevy, who represented the animal rights groups. Bardot’s letter was handed to the minister during the meeting.
“If in the past the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry opposed the bill due to intense pressure from friendly nations in which a huge amount of money is made at the expense of the animals, following our explanation on how millions of animals suffer because of the fur industry and the moral ramifications this entails, (Ben-Eliezer) said he would allow the legislation to go forward,” Tirosh told Ynet.
“Israel, where the fur trade is meager compared to other countries, can send a historic message to the world. Israel can be the locomotive that leads other parliaments in the same direction,” said the MK.
Halevy said Bardot’s letter contributed to Ben-Eliezer’s about-face, adding, “The fact that animals are being abused abroad for fashion and profit does not mean it can get a moral seal of approval in Israel.”
The vast majority of Israelis are against the fur trade. Fur and pelts for religious gear worn by Chassidim and Sephardim would be exempt. While Israel only has a $600k trade in fur, it is poised to upset Canada and Denmark, large fur exporters, and good allies who don’t want to see a ban anywhere.
Canada’s infamous seal killing can be seen on many YouTube videos.