Hundreds March Through London With Plea To ‘Spare The Bears’

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Wearing bear masks, dressed in black and holding signs that read, “MoD: Go Fur-Free”, hundreds of compassionate members of the public marched through central London to urge the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace The Queen’s Guards’ bearskin caps with cruelty-free faux fur. The route began at Westminster Bridge and finished at Marble Arch, for a grand total of 5 kilometres, taking participants past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Beloved twitcher Bill Oddie and actor Peter Egan kicked off proceedings and took the lead at the front of the march.

It can take the entire hide of one Canadian black bear to make just one of The Queen’s Guards’ caps. Many bears are not killed instantly when they’re shot, and some escape the hunters only to die slowly from blood loss, gangrene, starvation or dehydration. When mother bears are killed, nursing cubs are often left behind to starve.

“For nearly two centuries, the MoD has purchased black bear pelts from Canada while doing little to further the research on synthetic materials”, says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. “Instead of financially supporting the shameful slaughter of black bears, the United Kingdom should set a compassionate example by switching to a humane, synthetic alternative.”


  • Matthew Freeman commented on July 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    This was amazing! Holding the banner was fun!

  • Fi Radford commented on July 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This was a well-organised and friendly event, with much interest being shown by members of the public and tourists. It was good to be part of it and I hope that our cries of “MOD, Go fur-free”, will have been heard by the desk-killers. If so, my sore throat will have been well worth it!

    • Wowzers commented on April 5, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Don’t forget that no fur means no FAKE fur!

  • ABBY commented on July 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    This felt amazing! Hope it worked! x

  • Darlene Schueler commented on July 15, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Yea!!! Keep up the good work.

  • Brien Comerford commented on July 15, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Using black bear pelts for wearing caps is so ludicrous, inhumane, gratuitous. insane, hideous and inane.

  • John Carmody commented on July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Fantastic work, PETA! Love the images – it looks great.

  • Norma Oswalt commented on July 17, 2012 at 6:01 am

    It was well worth the sore throat and being rained on,the people and Peta staff were lovely,and the public were good too even the police were friendly,just hope the MOD realise what a waste of so many lives of the cruelly killed bears are not justified and the Royals surely could stop this,shame we didnt go past Buckingham Palace

  • Charlotte commented on August 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Hi, how can I get involved in these PETA protests?

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