Wednesday, May 1, 2019

New Knesset Member Mikki Haimovitz, a Vegan, Will Have to Sit On A Leather Chair

Newly Elected MK Mickey Haimovitz, of the Blue and White party and  is vegan, asked Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to change the seat of the chair that is used in the Knesset  because it is padded with leather taken from a cow.

Haimovitz wrote the following letter to the Knesset's director general: 

"An investigation conducted in my office shows that the upholstery of Knesset chairs is made of cow leather.

It is a known fact, that these animals undergo great suffering, and are victims of violent treatment and neglect. 

For reasons of conscience, I do not use leather in my life.
And just as it would not occur to me to order a car with seats covered with animal skin, so too all my hours in the Knesset will not be tolerable sitting on leather.
If there is a problem financing the change, I will be more than happy to fund it myself.
In the future, it may be appropriate to consider replacing all seats with non-animal skins.

Haimovitch ends her request that if it is implemented, 
"the Knesset will be able to serve as an example of preventing exploitation and suffering of animals"

The Knesset, however, decided to refuse her request:

 "Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein considered her request, but we decided to refuse it. 
In addition, the chairs in the Knesset are lined with deer skin and not cow's skin, as Haimovitz claimed!"

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