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    Fighting against the fur industry

    Last Friday, November 29th, at 12:30 pm local Israel time, a demonstration took place organized by the Anti-Fur Coalition as part of the global effort to stop both the manufacturers and consumers from using fur in any shape or form…

    The demonstration was called Worldwide Fur Free Friday (WFFF) and considered to be one of the largest global days of action, with up-to 250 locations worldwide demonstrating same day against the same cause.

    The organizers are Mitzi Ocean and Jane Halevy, who managed to bring that issue this year Israeli parliament discussion and hoping that some kind of bill of rights for animals would be passed on a government level that would help stop the over-flow of fur products in Israel.

    Yes, I know, you would think Israel… who in their right mind would wear fur in one of the hottest middle-eastern country… surprisingly, after talking to Mitzi Ocean, I learned that actually, it is a very large industry in Israel, yes, there are barely sales of fur coats, but a huge market for fur scarves, different decorative parts of coats and jackets, shoes, hats, etc.

    Speaking of hats, apparently, the largest consumers of fur hats are the orthodox religious Jews, aka Hasidic Jews, as it was back in a day of old Europe, fur was an item of high-status in the society, same till this very day, different Hasidic Jews, Rabbi’s and none Rabbi’s like these hats to showcase that they are wealthy, and socially stable…

    As Mitzi explained, that actually the fur hats among the Hasidic Jews is not part of the religion, more so, in most cases the fur considered to be not kosher, and many of the Hasidic Jewish groups have banned such item of clothing from their communities as to be a none kosher item and so not allowed to be even touched.

    Based on the information provided in the flyers that were handed out at the rally there are over 50 million animals are being killed yearly to satisfy the fashion industry, among those are many of the wild animals but also more domesticated animals are being killed as well as sold under the label Synthetic Fur, and I’m talking about all loved cats and dogs, and the chain of such illusion of synthetic fur comes from a cheap Chinese manufacturers, which might mean that most clothing companies don’t even know what kind of fur they use in their fashion products.

    Allot of people showed up to the event, some represented their own groups, such as Vegans, animal protectors, etc. all and all nearly 1,000 people came out to Rabin Square at Tel-Aviv on Friday afternoon to support the cause and walk from Rabin Square to what is known Kikar HaMedina (The Country’s Square), this is a well-known location of all high-end, luxury stores and boutiques of such known brands as Prada, Gucci, Mark Jacobs, Armani, Versace, and many others, a hot spot for all rich & famous shopping location, just the same as New York’s 5th Avenue.

    The demonstration was fairly peaceful and friendly, yet, you could hear here and there some abusive language towards the stores and different fashion brands.

    But, I’m happy to report that it was all over with no injuries, damages, or any anger!
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