Supports Animal Rights With Ban Against Cosmetics, Cleaning
Israel News Agency
Israel --- January 1, 2013 ... Perhaps it was the dark, Jewish
experience of the Holocaust where Nazis would use Jewish children
for medical tests. Or simply the humanitarian heart that Israel
is respected for with its medical and rescue aid teams which assist
disaster victims from Haiti to Japan. As of today, the sale and
import of cosmetics and cleaning materials tested on animals will
be illegal in Israel. The Israel Health Ministry said it would
investigate and prosecute importers who violate the new law.
law is a genuine revolution in the field of animal rights in Israel,"
said Member of Knesset Eitan Cabel (Labor), who leads the Knesset
caucus for animal rights. "We came a long way in the last
Knesset regarding attitude changes in this matter."
Ministry spokespeople said that animal-tested products that are
already on store shelves from Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem to
Kfar Sava, Netanya and Eilat will not be removed by the end of
2012, but importers will be required to get permits from the Health
Ministry for every cosmetic or cleaning product they import.
impossible to remove from thousands of shelves products that have
already been sold to retailers, but the Health Ministry hopes
that within a short time it will be possible to completely prevent
animal-tested cosmetics from entering Israel," said a source
in Cabel's bureau.
bans animal testing for cosmetics and cleaning products from taking
place within the small, democratic nation. Under a 2007 law, Israel
will now be joining the European Union in banning the sale and
import of cosmetics tested on animals. The European Parliament
enacted its ban in March 2004.
ban specifically targets products that are not intended for health
purposes and also includes exceptions for products for which animal
testing began prior to 2010.
The new animal
right's law in Israel also gives importers a year to continue
selling animal-tested products, if the importer states that the
manufacturer was unable to find any other solution and the Israel
Health Ministry validates the claim. The law stipulates that this
transition period can be extended until early 2016.
the reason for the ban, the new law states that "the animal
testing conducted in the course of cosmetics development entails
causing animals great suffering and is done without painkillers."
and 3,000 animals are used in the process of developing every
cosmetic or cleaning product that involves animal testing, according
to the explanatory section of the new law.
has one of the highest rates world wide for dog and cat ownership,
recently aired a documentary on Israel TV documenting animal abuse
in some of the country's largest dairy companies. A hidden video
showing cattle being prodded and beaten left many Israelis with
disgust, announcing they are not planning to continue buying the
kosher beef from Tnuvas state-of-the-art Beit Shean slaughterhouse
Jones, a senior veterinarian at Australian animal rights organization
RSPCA, said that the exposés footage illustrated
a severe case of animal cruelty and violated the standards set
by global animal health organization OIE, to which Israel had
vowed to comply.
workers are deliberately inflicting pain on injured animals in
order to get them to move, she said in the report. If
this facility was in Australia the community would expect the
government to shut it down.
Israel Police along with the Israel Ministry of Agriculture have
launched an investigation.
groups in Israel are also trying to put a stop to a pre-Yom Kippur
custom observed primarily by ultra-religious Jews. According to
the practice, on the day before Yom Kippur a chicken is waved
over the heads of the repentant three times, symbolically transferring
the sins from the person to the chicken. The chicken is then slaughtered.
One can see this ritual taking place in major cities including
Jerusalem, Ra'anana and Hadera.
A US animal
rights group based in Brooklyn, New York entitled End Chickens
as Karparos, estimates that in Brooklyn alone, 50,000 animals
are involved each year, and many more die before being able to
be used in the religious ritual.
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