Prince Charles and the Queen have been "tailed" by a protester in a bear suit for two years in protest at the use of wild bear pelts.
George Wallace said:It is a wonder that this twit hasn't been shot and turned into a Guardsmans Cap too...... ;D
Recce By Death said:Hmmm....learn something new everyday.
I had no idea the fur trade recycled pelts...thanks for the info niner domestic.
More from MSM here.A freedom of information request has revealed that last year the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) purchased 127 hats made from the skins of Canadian black bears.
With so many synthetic alternatives available, why do they still insist on using the skin of a dead animal for their ceremonious hats?
Fully aware of the ethical issues surrounding the use of bear fur for their uniforms, the MoD deliberately withholds information about how many bearskins they use each year, and where they purchase them from. It was only when the information was obtained through the freedom of information act that the public have been made aware of the situation.
Why Aren’t they Using Synthetic Alternatives?
The bearskins are used in the ceremonial caps of the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Welsh Guards, Irish Guards and Scots Guards, despite the fact that almost every other use of animal fur in the military has now been replaced with synthetic alternatives.
The MoD claim that they have tested many synthetic materials, but that none measure up to the qualities of the bear skin, saying “over the last 20 years there have been a number of trials of synthetic alternatives to bear pelts which have, to date, proved unsuccessful as nothing has matched the properties of the natural product.”
This is a sentiment that underpins the problem with all animal exploitation: the uniform requirements of the Guards is more important than the life of an animal. We should not be in a situation where the ‘properties’ of somebody else’s skin are being given as a justification to murder ....