Target: Member of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Ronit Tirosh
Goal: Ban the sale of fur coats in Israel
Israel could become the first country to impose a nationwide ban on the sale and production of fur coats. A recent bill has garnered a great deal of support from both government and religious organizations. This is the third bill presented to the Israeli Knesset regarding fur during the past decade and it seems the ban will finally take hold and become a landmark for animal rights.
The “Anti-Fur Bill,” as it has come to be known, was introduced by Member of Knesset Ronit Tirosh, along with eight other Knesset members. The reason for its assumed success is that the bill is in perfect accordance with Jewish doctrine and, as a result, has received the support of several prominent Rabbis throughout Israel. The International Anti-Fur Coalition also performed an opinion poll which indicated that 86% of Israelis believe killing animals for their fur is wrong and 79% would support a nationwide ban. “Fighting for people’s consciousness is a daily undertaking, and this legislation may yet save millions of animals,” said Jane Halevy, chairperson of the International Anti-Fur Coalition.
Animal welfare groups and activists are already celebrating even though the bill hasn’t been passed yet because it has brought attention to the cause and the subsequent polls have revealed the majority of Israelis care about protecting animals, which signals the potential for a great deal of change in the future. This is the second bill in recent years, the other seeking to hold CEOs responsible for animal cruelty, in which Israel has pushed for dramatic improvements in quality of life for animals.
Several major cities, including Dublin and West Hollywood, have banned the sale and production of fur, but Israel would be the first nation. If the bill passes it would not only save millions of lives, but could also be a significant spark for other nations to take action.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and support this landmark bill so the world will be one step closer to ending the slaughter of animals solely for the purpose of vanity.
Dear MK Tirosh,
A bill you recently introduced proposing a nationwide ban the production and sale of fur has received a great deal of support from both religious and political leaders across Israel. If passed into law, Israel would be the first country to do so. Regardless of its success, you have made it clear that the Israeli people care about animals.
I strongly support this bill and I hope your effort will influence other nations to propose similar laws. Thank you for trying to keep the lives of animals free from unnecessary slaughter.
[Your Name Here]
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