ARE SHTREIMELS NEXT? Israel Becomes The first Country To Ban Sale Of Fur To Fashion Industry


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In a global first, Israel banned the sale of fur to the fashion industry on Wednesday.

After signing the amendment, which will take effect in six months’ time, Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said in a statement, “The fur industry causes the deaths of hundreds of millions of animals worldwide, and inflicts indescribable cruelty and suffering.  Using the skin and fur of wildlife for the fashion industry is immoral and is certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover the brutal murder industry that makes them. Signing these regulations will make the Israeli fashion market more environmentally friendly and far kinder to animals.”

Animal rights NGO praised the decision and called it a “historic milestone” that will “save countless animals from the hell of the fur industry.”

In a statement, the NGO added: “We have been fighting for years to ban the sale of furs to the fashion industry, and from the start, 86% of the Israeli public supported this. We thank Minister Gamliel and Tal Gilboa, the Prime Minister’s adviser on animal rights, and our partners in the struggle over years, Let The Animals Live and the International Anti-Fur Coalition (IAFC).”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Insanity. The only purpose for which Hashem created those animals was so people could use their fur. Now these people think they have the right to frustrate that purpose and make the animals useless.

    No, shtreimlach won’t be next, they’re already the target; but the next target will be meat and leather. There’s no reason why a cow’s life is worth less than a mink’s or a beaver’s.

  2. Real fur Shtreimlach are NOT required by daas torah. Indeed, streimlach themselves are NOT obligatory. They are a fashion item that was the lvush of certain chassidus in the Alte Heim and were carried over as minhag of those chassidus. Yiddeshkeit will survive with faux fur streimlach as they are less costly, resist the rain, easier to clean and don’t smell when wet. Forget about PETA. Its just common sense.

  3. They are conveniently not banning leather, leather shoes and handbags, leather jackets and pants, only targeting fur which is a tiny industry compared to leather. If they really cared about the animals they’d target the leather industry.

  4. The streimlach can always be imported from fur friendly countries. No need to manufacture them in Israel. This ban may lead to the Chinese establishing a streimal industry.

  5. My husband doesn’t wear a shtreimel but for those who do there is some religious component. They are not comfortable and they are not warm. They’re worn for their familial custom dating back 200 years or so. So they will certainly not be banned under this but then again, who knows: Israelis are funny people!