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Urge Your MP to Speak in Support of Faux Fur for the Queen’s Guard’s Caps at a Parliamentary Debate

In January 2022, PETA and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon launched a government petition calling on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace the bearskins used to make the Queen’s Guard’s caps with faux fur.

The petition has now reached over 100,000 signatures, triggering a Westminster Hall debate on the subject on Monday, 11 July.

Please urge your MP to attend this debate and speak in favour of making the switch to faux fur!

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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.

Bearskin cap next to faux fur cap.

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!

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