Simon Pegg Simon Pegg is urging the Ministry of Defence to ditch fur. - Media Credit: Michael Melia / Alamy Stock Photo

Simon Pegg And Alesha Dixon Campaign Against Queen’s Guard Bearskin Caps

The entertainers have urged for the caps to be replaced by more humane, animal-free versions


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Actor Simon Pegg and musician Alesha Dixon are on a mission to persuade the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to ditch fur from the caps worn by the Queen’s Guard.

Soldiers stationed outside of Buckingham Palace traditionally wear bearskin ceremonial caps. But Pegg says it is unnecessary for the MoD to purchase real fur caps when faux options are available.

In collaboration with the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the actor is campaigning to get rid of the bearskin headwear for good.

He said in a statement: “It’s a disgrace that soldiers in the Queen’s Guard are still parading around with the fur of bears – who were gunned down in Canada – on their heads. The caps serve no military purpose and each one costs at least one bear their life.”

“The ceremonial bearskins could easily be replaced with faux fur, retaining the traditional look but eliminating the cruelty,” he added. “It’s time for the Ministry of Defence to drop the petty excuses and make the switch. It’s what the British public wants and what bears need.”

A petition against real bearskin caps

Dixon, along with PETA, launched a government petition on the subject. It states that there is “no excuse” for MoD to fund the slaughter of bears for soldiers’ caps.

So far, the petition has gathered more than 50,000 signatures.

The MoD has responded to calls to change the Queen’s Guard’s headwear. It claims that the furs used to make the caps are the result of a “licensed cull by the Canadian authorities.”

PETA, however, maintains that this is not the truth. It claims it reached out to the Canadian government to question the MoD’s statement and received this response: “[T]he MOD receives the final product from our contracted suppliers and is not involved with the licensed cull sanctioned by the Canadian government.”

Those interested in signing the petition can do so here.

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Charlotte Pointing

Charlotte writes about sustainable beauty, fashion, and food. She spent more than 4 years editing in leading vegan media, and has a degree in history and a postgraduate in cultural heritage.

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4 months ago

The bears will still be culled, as they are so successful, so that wouldn’t change…which is what makes this use sustainable.
Presumably, all that would happen is that the furs would be used for other purposes? More rugs, slippers, other clothing etc. or perhaps the surplus would be burned, and nothing would have been achieved except the production of replacement hats, made from petrochemicals…
When bears are being kept, immobile, in cages and “milked” for their bile, elsewhere, I suggest that PETA ought to look at what it prioritises, and starts with those bears.

The statement from the Canadian Government which PETA quotes, is correct.
The MOD is not involved in the cull (clearly) the Canadian Government contractors are responsible for the cull, and the subsequent supply of furs from culled bears to end users, like the MOD.

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