Bear Fur Is a Product of Cruelty
Canadian black bears are baited and slaughtered, and their fur is sold to the highest bidder. They are shot with guns or bows and arrows, some several times, and many escape and die slowly from dehydration, starvation, gangrene, or blood loss.
The Canadian government issues “tags” to hunters, who kill the bears for “sport” or for “trophies”. They sell the bears’ pelts for profit – and the MoD is supporting this horrific cruelty and incentivising hunters to kill bears by purchasing caps made using their fur.
An Animal-Friendly Cap Is Available
PETA and top faux furrier ECOPEL have created a faux bearskin that gives a nod to tradition while sparing sensitive bears who are viciously slaughtered for their fur. It meets the MoD’s requirements for a faux fur – and in some areas, exceeds them.
The high-performing faux bear fur is lighter than real bear fur, offering enhanced user comfort, and it also more eco-friendly. Real fur must be treated with toxic chemicals to prevent it from decomposing – in this case, on the guards’ heads. ECOPEL’s faux fur is crafted in closed-loop factories, which means all water and chemicals used in its production are recycled.
Faux Fur Will Save Money
ECOPEL has offered to supply the MoD with free faux fur until 2030 – potentially saving thousands of pounds of public funds. Over £1 million has been spent on 891 caps over the past seven years, so the move would save taxpayer money and bears.
Take Action Now
Please urge your MP to attend the parliamentary debate on the use of bearskins for the Queen’s Guard’s caps and speak in favour of the MoD making the switch to faux fur!