Hollywood actor Simon Pegg said it was a “shame” that soldiers from the Queen’s Guard “still parade around with the pelts of gunned down bears”.
The Mission Impossible star, 52, said “it’s about time” for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to replace the bearskin used on its ceremonial caps.
Pegg supports the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) campaign, which urges the Department of Defense to switch to the world’s first artificial bearskin – one that’s the length of a real bearskin and is waterproof.
He said: “It’s a shame that soldiers from the Queen’s Guard are still parading around with the skins of bears – which have been gunned down in Canada – on their heads.
“The caps serve no military purpose and each one kills at least one bear.
“The ceremonial bearskins could easily be replaced with faux fur, retaining the traditional look but removing the cruelty.
“It’s time for the MoD to drop the petty excuses and switch – it’s what the British public wants and what the bears need.”
The Go Fake For The Bears’ Sake campaign coincides with a petition launched by Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon, which has just over half the 100,000 signatures needed to launch a parliamentary Sparking debate over the Department of Defense’s use of bearskins.
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Peta said it found “no evidence” the bears were killed as part of “sanctioned culls” by the Canadian government, as previously claimed by the Department of Defense.
The group said faux fur has been offered for free until 2030.
In a statement, the Department of Defense said: “Bears are never hunted on order for Department of Defense use.
“Bear skins used by the Department of Defense are by-products of licensed culls by Canadian authorities to manage the wild bear population.
“Therefore, a reduction in the number of bear pelts procured by the Department of Defense would not equate to a reduction in the number of bears killed.
“Our Guardsmen are very proud to wear the bearskin hat which is an iconic image of Britain.
“It is vitally important to ensure that guards’ caps remain both practical and chic, and at this time there are currently no man-made alternatives that meet the essential requirements for these ceremonial caps.
“Where artificial alternatives to replace natural fur items represent a suitable, affordable and sustainable alternative to animal products, the MoD will use them.
“For example, faux fur is now used for the smaller busby hats worn by the King’s Troop.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/simon-pegg-and-peta-urge-queens-soldiers-to-ditch-cruel-bearskin-caps-41522990.html Simon Pegg and Peta are telling the Queen’s soldiers to drop the ‘cruel’ bearskin hats