Two Israeli animal lovers have asked the Israel Defense Force to exempt then from wearing standard combat boots, which are made of leather.
Ido Eyal and Shai Baklad, both soon to be conscripted, said they neither eat nor wear products made from animals, the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot reported.
An army spokeswoman said she did not know the military’s position on the issue.
In a petition sent to the army, Israel’s civil rights association said both youths would be prepared to buy U.S.-manufactured boots that are made of artificial leather.
The association called on the IDF to be flexible, saying it already catered to the needs of vegetarians in its dining halls.
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