ISRAEL - First Country to Ban Fur Clothing

Arno Froese

The Israeli government has banned the sale of fur in the fashion industry, becoming the first country to outlaw the controversial clothing material that opponents say leads to the slaughter of millions of animals each year.

Israel’s fur ban includes several carve-outs, including one for educational reasons and another that permits residents to buy skins and pelts for religious purposes.

That means that married, ultra-Orthodox Jewish men will still be able to buy rounded fur hats known as shtreimels. (The vast majority of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wear head coverings, the Pew Research Center found.)

A shtreimel is typically made of the fur from the tails of the Canadian or Russian sable, the stone marten, the baum marten or the American gray fox, according to the Jewish Virtual Library.

The United Kingdom banned fur farming in the early 2000s, and other European countries including the Netherlands, Belgium and the Czech Republic have also taken steps to end the practice, according to Humane Society International.

In 2019, California became the first U.S. state to enact a law banning the sale of fur products, which takes effect in 2023.

About 100 million animals are bred and killed each year to supply fur to the fashion sector, Humane Society International estimates., 14 June 2021

Arno's Commentary

Animal protection movements and agencies are global. Sooner or later, all countries will have to comply, at least to a certain degree.

However, it is of interest that the first clothing was manufactured with rather environmentally friendly material: “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Genesis 3:7). But then we read in verse 21, “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” Obviously, an animal had to die to temporarily cover the sins of Adam and Eve.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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