PETA group takes aim at British Royal Guard's bear hair hats

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PETA Group Takes On British Royal Guard Bear Hair Caps

A member of the Royal Guard at the funeral of Prince Philip, Windsor Castle.

Animal rights group PETA announced on Friday a legal action against the British Ministry of Defense for refusing to experiment with a faux fur version of the famous bear hair hats worn by soldiers of the royal guard.

These beanies, known as bearskins, are particularly worn by elite regiments of the army at the time of the changing of the guard in front of Buckingham Palace and have become one of the most famous symbols of the United Kingdom.

PETA has long been advocating for them to no longer be adorned with real Canadian black bear hair and have designed an acrylic alternative, made by French company Ecopel.

The Ministry of Defense refuses to experiment with it, which it had pledged to do on many occasions in recent years, explains to AFP Kate Werner, member of this association.

PETA maintains that the government did not follow the proper procedures in this case and it is on this element that justice is seized.

Worn by the British Grenadiers At the Battle of Waterloo, the bearskin became the official prerogative of British regiments in 1831. These beanies were made from black bear skins provided by the Canadian government.< /p>

Black bear fur has been used since the early 19th century to make the famous “bearskins” caps of the British Royal Guard.

We have been informed that PETA is initiating legal proceedings regarding this matter. We cannot comment specifically on an ongoing case, a defense ministry spokesperson said.

A few months ago, the government said there were no plans to replace bear hair beanies, adding that an analysis of faux fur tests carried out by PETA had shown that it does not meet the necessary criteria to be able to replace the current beanies.

A conclusion that PETA rejects. It's a symbol of the UK, but we want it to reflect the values ​​and ethics of our society, says Kate Werner.

L& Current Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace, himself a former military man, is an advocate of bearskin hats. As an MP, he had championed an amendment for the perpetuation of their use.

A petition to replace them with fake fur, signed by more than 100,000 people, however, had led to a debate in Parliament on the subject.

According to PETA, the use of bear hair creates a market that sustains the hunt for black bears.< /p>

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