In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to get people’s attention – that’s why sometimes we have to do extraordinary things to get people’s attention. More than a dozen PETA supporters stripped naked and staged a ‘die-in’ near London’s iconic Marble Arch to draw attention to the fact that bears still die for bearskin hats bears carried by the Queen’s Guard. Protesters are calling on the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to stop funding cruel bear killing for ceremonial headgear and switch to faux fur instead.
Bear fur is a product of trophy hunting
Canadian bears hunted to inflict untold suffering on the ceremonial caps. Many are shot repeatedly, and some escape and slowly die of dehydration, starvation, gangrene, or loss of blood.
Although the Department of Defense frequently claims that bear pelts are the by-product of a “slaughter” supervised by Canadian authorities, such a “slaughter” does not exist, as confirmed to PETA by the Canadian federal and provincial governments. Instead, the Canadian government issues “tags” to hunting enthusiasts, who kill bears for “sport” or for “trophies.” These hunters are then free to bait and kill a certain number of bears and sell their pelts for profit.
There is an animal friendly beanie available
PETA and top furrier ECOPEL have created a faux bear skin that won’t harm an animal’s body hair. The human fabric gives a nod to tradition while preventing sensitive bears from being savagely slaughtered for their fur. High-performance faux bear fur is also more environmentally friendly. Real fur must be treated with toxic chemicals to keep it from rotting – in this case, on the guards’ heads. ECOPEL’s faux fur is produced in closed-loop factories, which means that all water and chemicals used in the production of the faux fur are recycled. Now that an animal-friendly substitute exists, the MoD must use it.
Stop spending our taxes on slaughter
More than £1million of taxpayers’ money has been spent on 891 bearskin caps over the past seven years. Even though ECOPEL has offered to provide the Department of Defense with faux bear fur for free until 2030, the department is using taxpayer dollars to pay for hats made from the skins of downed bears. It takes the skin of a bear to make a single cap. Every day it is allowed to continue, the slaughter of bears for headgear is a disgrace to our country.
What can you do?
A government petition on the matter has been launched. When it reaches 100,000 signatures, a much-needed parliamentary debate on bearskin hats will take place.
Follow these three simple steps to help end the bear slaughter for the Queen’s Guard caps:
STEP 1: Sign the government petition.
STEP 2: Ask your MP to stand up for the bears.
STEP 3: Access social media.
Please tweet the Prime Minister and the MoD and comment on the MoD’s Instagram and Facebook pages.
Struggling with writer’s block? Try something like this:
Hi @BorisJohnson, @PETAUK has provided the MoD with faux bear fur that is indistinguishable from real fur. Please stop the senseless bear slaughter funded by @DefenceHQ and quickly put the new faux fur into service. #MoDGoFurFree
Sharing our content may mean that you also share your personal data with the chosen social media platform. Learn more here.