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Chief rabbi issues fur ban

Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi issued an edict forbidding Jews to wear fur skinned from a live animal. Yona Metzger made the ruling last week after seeing a video of animals being skinned alive at fur farms in China. PETA, which made the video, sent Metzger a letter of thanks this week. “All Jews are obliged to prevent the horrible phenomenon of cruelty to animals and be a “light unto the nations” by refusing to use products that originate from acts which cause such suffering,” Metzger said, according to Reuters.