NEWS: Animal rights campaigners criticise British Army over royal ceremonial headgear

British Army Buckingham Palace Hats

The Ministry of Defence and the Army have come under attack from animal rights campaigners after it emerged that 127 bearskins have been ordered from Canada to be used in making the traditional headgear worn by guards at Buckingham Palace. Using real Canadian Black Bear fur to make the 18in-tall headgear has provoked such an angry response that the MoD refuses to reveal its supplier for fear of attacks on the supplier’s staff.

The ceremonial headgear has been worn by British soldiers for 200 years to symbolise the victory over Napoleon’s bearskin-wearing Imperial Guard at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Among the units of the British Army that wear them are the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards – some of the most historic units in the British Army.

The MoD has said that they have made efforts to replace the fur with synthetic equivalent but they proven “unsuccessful”.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a statement saying:

It is inexcusable that the same army which is capable of building some of the most sophisticated equipment and machinery in the world claims it is unable to find a synthetic replacement for bearskins despite the availability of luxurious synthetic materials. The fact is that the Ministry of Defence spends tens of thousands of pounds each year supporting the fur industry while doing absolutely nothing to further the search for synthetic materials. For each one of the 127 caps purchased, a bear was cruelly killed, either by being shot during a hunt or ensnared, possibly for days, in a painful trap. During hunts, as many as one bear in seven is not killed immediately after being shot, and some escape wounded, dying later from blood loss or starvation. In the case of mothers with nursing cubs, it can mean the slaughter of entire families.


WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?

SHOULD THE BRITISH ARMY BE ALLOWED TO CARRY ON WITH THIS TRADITION OR SHOULD THEY BE FORCED TO USE SYNTHETIC ALTERNATIVES?

HAVE YOUR SAY BY COMMENTING BELOW. THIS IS AN UNDERSTANDABLY PASSIONATE TOPIC SO PLEASE KEEP IT CIVIL.

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4 responses to “NEWS: Animal rights campaigners criticise British Army over royal ceremonial headgear

  1. If these bears are killed as food and the skin is then used for other purposes, I do not see what the issue is. Wonder if this lot use toilet paper as a tree was killed so they can talk $%$#.

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  2. My initial response was load of old cobblers. However, I don’t agree with killing animals for ceremonial / fashion purposes so I’m inclined to say why not use synthetic. They do look just as good and should be as hard wearing. But it should be done for the right reason not because some hippy group don’t like it.

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  3. PETA is a bunch of hypicritical pet stealing, pet murdering lowlife. They have already been found guilty of euthanizing over ten thousand dogs and cats that they rounded up just in Virginia. They can go $crew themselves sideways

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