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#2127234 - 08/31/10 09:23 PM Urgent request to protect our industry.
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
URGENT: Action Required -- Israel threatens to ban all furs -- let the Israeli Government know what you think!‏


From: Alan Herscovici (alanh@furcouncil.com)
Sent: August 31, 2010 10:34:35 PM
To: Alan Herscovici (alanh@furcouncil.com)
The following message is very important for our trade -- please read it, and pass it on!

We have learned that legislation to ban all trading of furs in Israel is again being considered by a Knesset committee, possibly as soon as September 2nd.
It is being driven by internal political deal-making to maintain a fragile coalition government.
Activists targeted Israel because the fur trade is of little importance in that country -- so little domestic "cost".
Activists plan to use this "precedent" to fuel similar campaigns in Europe and elsewhere...

While the International Fur Trade Federation (IFTF) has been working for months to control this issue -- and the Government of Canada has expressed its concern (as have the governments of Denmark, Finland, Greece and several influential US politicians), more pressure is needed.

A number of people have asked what they can do to oppose this mean-spirited and misguided legislation.
We are attaching e-addresses for the Israeli Embassies in Ottawa and Washington, as well as for several key Israeli politicians. (See below)
Letters should be in your own words, expressing your own opinions.

Following are some points you may want to include in your letters:

- the North American (and European) fur trade is a responsible, well-regulated industry.

- just as the anti-Israel lobby promotes sensationalist videos, half-truths and lies, the "animal rights" lobby does the same to discredit and isolate the fur trade. If there is one country in the world that should understand (and reject) the insidious tactics being used against the fur trade, surely it is Israel!

- Jewish people play an important role in the fur trade; attacks on the fur trade are attacks on thousands of Jewish people in North America, Europe and elsewhere. (European anti-fur propaganda has sometimes openly played on anti-semitic stereotypes.)

- arbitrary bans on fur (or any other product) contravene Israel's international trading agreements; if everyone starts banning whatever someone doesn't like, all will suffer.

- those in the fur trade who have raised money for years for Israel feel betrayed by these cynical political calculations: many will simply stop raising money or working for Israel, if Israel can treat the hard-working people of the fur trade in such a cruel and cynical way!

- no one is "obliged" to buy or wear fur -- but by what right should it be "banned" by the government? (If the public really feels that fur is "immoral", as some claim, surely consumers will refuse to buy it -- there is no need to ban it!)

- the same groups that oppose fur also oppose kosher slaughter.... and many of the same people also oppose (and protest against) Israel!

- the Torah is written on animal skins (with the fur shaved off); so are the prayers in Mezzuzot that grace the doors of Jewish homes and businesses!

- felt hats are also made of animal fur -- why is it OK to use fur pressed into felt, but not in other forms? It is the same animal!

- by what logic will Israel ban fur when 97% of the population eats animals every day?! (Israel is falling into the same sort of activist trap that it asks others to oppose!)

- if the Israeli Government is concerned about animal-welfare standards in the fur trade, they should ask the Canadian, US, Danish and governments of other fur-producing countries for explanations. A ban will do nothing to improve animal welfare standards -- assuming such standards were lacking.

- OR JUST SAY YOU WILL NO LONGER SUPPORT, FUND-RAISE FOR, OR VISIT ISRAEL IF THIS HYPOCRITICAL AND VICIOUS LAW IS PASSED!

Express your concerns. If Embassies receive enough phone calls and letters, they will report this back to their government. The government made clear they would pass this law if there was no cost. It's up to all of us to show the Israeli Government that there will be a cost if they cynically decide to ban fur, to gain a few seats in their coalition!

Following are some addresses you may find useful.
Pass it on!


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ISRAELI EMBASSY IN OTTAWA........

Miriam Ziv

Ambassador

Ambassador's Office



Tel: (613) 567-6450 ext. 508



Fax: (613) 567-9878

Eliaz Luf

Deputy Head of Mission





Tel: (613) 567-6450 ext. 509



Fax: (613) 567-9878

Orit Kremer

Second Secretary, Consul and Spokesperson





Tel: (613) 567- 6450 ext. 501



Fax: (613) 567-9878



consul@ottawa.mfa.gov.il

Yasmin Vinograd

Director of Administration/Consular department

Tel: (613) 567-6450 ext. 503



Fax: (613) 567-9878

account@ottawa.mfa.gov.il

Rena Garshowitz

Director of Communications





Tel: (613) 567-6450 ext. 507



Fax: (613) 567-9878



press@ottawa.mfa.gov.il

Simonne Moscovitz

Director of Public Affairs

Tel: (613) 567-6450 ext. 506

Fax: (613) 567-9878

publicaffairs@ottawa.mfa.gov.il





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ISRAELI EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON>>>>





Press office:



press@washington.mfa.gov.il



This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the Press Office at: 202-364-5538.





Ambassador of Israel to US: Michael B. Oren

info@washington.mfa.gov.il

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Telephone: 202-364-5500



Found these contacts (no specific email addresses maybe you want to address them)



Nissan Amdur - Minister Counselor for Political Affairs

Oded Joseph - Minister Counselor for Middle Eastern Affairs

Oren Anolik - Counselor for Political Affairs

Asaf Vitman Minister of Economic Affairs



Economic Mission, Embassy of Israel
Address: 3514 International Dr. NW
Washington DC 20008
Tel: 202-364-5691
Fax: 202-364-5647
Email: ecn@israelemb.org

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Israeli Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer

binyaminb@knesset.gov.il,
lishka.sar@moital.gov.il
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#2127453 - 09/01/10 05:23 AM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
Folks should try to voice their concerns to Israel over this debate. Israel is being used as a wedge just like the US of A was used as a wedge in the seal hunt issue when they banned imports of seal products. If you wish to sell fur you should get in touch with the folks that are going to decide a portion of your future one way or the other.


Edited by Mira Trapper (09/01/10 05:23 AM)
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#2127511 - 09/01/10 07:25 AM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
Copy of my letter to Israeli establishment.



> From: Mira Trapper
> To: consul@ottawa.mfa.gov.il; account@ottawa.mfa.gov.il; press@ottawa.mfa.gov.il; publicaffairs@ottawa.mfa.gov.il; press@washington.mfa.gov.il; ecn@israelemb.org; binyaminb@knesset.gov.il; lishka.sar@moital.gov.il
> Subject: Fur Ban in Israel would be a direct result of hate mongering by folks who misrepresent TRUTH.
> Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:54:51 -0300
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> This is voice of concern from someone who does know the fur industry and its importance in this new age environment. The fur industry is a well-regulated & licensed industry . In North America its importance in controlling species by culling individuals is vastly under-rated by the ARA hate mongers who emotionally & viciously vilify man for adding science to Wildlife Management. We can love the species of wildlife & know it will be healthier as a species by culling individual animals. Thus we relieve the stress of over population which leads to a myriad of much more cruel deaths involving pestilence & starvation. Also of note is the modern traps used for Scientific research allow capture of individuals to see the health of a species through that research by targeting individual animals. Upon Study completion those animals are immediately released after cataloguing the healthiness or stress which is found within those specie checks. The fur industry uses the same traps so it becomes obvious that the anti-fur trade propagandist are misrepresenting the truth in their rants. In fact the re-introduction of wild animals into areas they no longer inhabited such as wolves, marten,fisher, lynx, bobcat, otter and a myriad of other animals, was facilitated by the same traps as the modern day trapper use in harvesting animals for the fur industry. Those traps allowed re-location with much less risk to animals then tranquilizer darts or other means of capture. .
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> The culling of animals from those healthy packs and herds leads to an economy that has benefited Israel for hundreds of years as most fur auction houses have Jewish finger prints in all facets of the industry from the Biologist, through the Jewish bloodline trappers, & into the manufacturing & eventual marketing of fur throughout the fashion runways of the world. Many of those Jews gave freely of their financial gains to the maligned people who resettled Israel. In real terms Israel will be ticking off 97% of the world's population because most people are wise enough to know banning fur will encourage the Animal Rights Vegans to become more bold in their demands. Their leadership wants an end to all domestication of animals . They consider their lies about the fur trade to be a stepping stone in that direction. They already have made "Kosher meat" a hard sell around the world. I as a person who see the lies within the ARA movement on a daily basis have defended Israel's right to practice Kosher kills despite not having a drop of Jewish blood in my body. I also have been hate mongered on many anti Israel boards for coming to the defense of Israel in pointing out your successes in the face of great adversity. If you allow the ARA movement to manipulate you with their emotionally based lies you will be doing so & cutting off helping hands who have defended Israel around the world. You will also be ignoring why our North American Wildlife packs & herds are healthy because of Wildlife Management Science which involves culling individual animals .
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> In closing I leave you with this reality with regards to the Animal Rights agenda. The modern-day father of that agenda was Pete Singer who offered us this quote .
> If animal rights is to succeed, we must; destroy the Judeo-Christian Religious tradition." Peter Singer, the; "Father of Animal Rights";
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> Singer and the rest of the animal rights folk have fallen into the same trap as Adam & Eve and wish to dictate as gods what is good & evil. Thus as vegan gods they will become dictatorial over 97% of the general population who eat meat. They will feel emboldened to continue hate mongering Kosher kills, leather, wool,silk,honey & fur. How will jewish leather manufacturers around the world feel when the news that leather is fur with the hair removed, come under attack. They will be challenged for buying & selling leather. Does Israel want to become that type of hypocrisy on the world stage?? The ARA despise God because He decided the flesh would die so the Soul could live. His plan for mankind is that we be a part of the food chain. I am very hopeful that Israel will use its sense of right & wrong while realizing the ARA is nothing better than a group of hate mongering bigots who have used untruthful means to push the issue of banning furs. They will not relent until we all become a pill popping vegan society. They see themselves as gods who know the Living God to be an evil monster for allowing death to be a part of life.
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> Sincerly Yours
> Donald Allister Mac Leod
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#2127756 - 09/01/10 10:56 AM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Happy Birthday Gusty Offline
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Registered: 06/10/10
Loc: Central Illinois
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IT'S JUST THE NORMAL NOISES IN HERE!

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#2127774 - 09/01/10 11:09 AM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
BuckNE
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That's all well and good, but what are ambassadors, consulates, and trade ministers going to do about a vote that is going before the Knesset tomorrow?

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#2127836 - 09/01/10 12:17 PM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
The vote will not necessarily be taking place on 2nd . The debate starts maybe as early as the 2nd. Big difference. In the meantime we should be telling the people earmarked the reasons why the vote should be against a fur ban just as you would your politcians.


Edited by Mira Trapper (09/01/10 12:21 PM)
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#2127915 - 09/01/10 01:11 PM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
I hope that the Knesett committee has changed the timing because of input by reasonable people who are countering the Animal Rights propaganda.

Some good news!

We have been informed that the proposed Israel fur ban will NOT be discussed/voted at Sept 2nd committee meeting, as previously announced.

This is very positive news, but we should not sleep on our laurels; we know that activists will continue pushing and that Israeli politics are very complex and unpredictable!

It is therefore very important that we all continue to send letters to Israeli's embassies and government to let them know we are watching and that a fur ban will NOT be without cost to Israel. (see below)

Keep those phone calls and letters going -- and pass on the message that follows!

-alan
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#2128916 - 09/02/10 04:45 AM Re: Urgent request to protect our industry. [Re: Mira Trapper]
Mira Trapper Offline
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Registered: 09/17/07
Loc: Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
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