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Stop the Slaughter of Bears for the Queen’s Guard’s Caps

PETA is calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to stop the Ministry of Defence (MoD) from using real bear fur for the ornamental headpieces worn by the Queen’s Guard and to have the ceremonial caps fashioned from luxurious faux fur instead.

Where These Ornamental Headpieces Actually Come From

Bears hunted for their fur are often shot but not killed immediately. As many as one bear in seven will escape wounded and die slowly from blood loss or starvation. 

In some Canadian provinces, there are no restrictions on shooting mother bears who have nursing cubs, which leads to the death of entire families as the cubs are orphaned and left to die.

Your Money Is Spent on Slaughtering Bears

Each cap costs an astounding £1,315. More than £1 million worth of UK taxpayers’ money has been spent on these cruelly produced caps in the past seven years, despite the fact that they serve no military purpose. ECOPEL – a global faux fur–textile and apparel manufacturer – has offered to supply the MoD with unlimited free faux bear fur until 2030. 

More than 95% of the UK public refuses to wear fur, and Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace is betraying the will of the people by spending money on these unwanted ceremonial caps.

Take Action Now

Instead of financially supporting the shameful slaughter of black bears for the Queen’s Guard’s ceremonial caps, the UK should set a compassionate example and switch to high-tech, luxurious faux fur.

We need to let the prime minister know that the secretary of state for defence is dragging his feet and wasting taxpayers’ money. Please take these quick steps to help us make some noise for bears and get the message across:

STEP 1: Take to social media.

Please tweet at the prime minister and the MoD and comment on the MoD’s Instagram and Facebook. Struggling with writer’s block? Try something like this: 

Hey, @BorisJohnson, @PETAUK has provided the MOD with a faux bear fur that is indistinguishable from real fur. Please stop the senseless slaughter of bears by @DefenceHQ & quick march the new faux bearskin into service. #MoDGoFurFree

Tweet Now

STEP 2: Send Prime Minister Boris Johnson an e-mail. 

Fill out the form below to take action. Clicking submit will send the prime minister an e-mail. Edit our e-mail template and include your own unique message to make a bigger impact. If you are a UK taxpayer and don’t want to pay for cruelty, please mention it in your message. 

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