‘Spare the Bears’ Event – July 14 – London

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Bears are still being cruelly killed for The Queen’s Guards’ caps, and we desperately need your help in stopping this. We have an eye-catching, fun way for you to show your support for PETA’s campaign to save them!

On 14 July, we will be holding a 5k walk through some of central London’s most famous locations, and we need YOU and your teddy bear to join us. PETA aims to get as many people as possible to march through the streets of London for PETA’s “Spare the Bears” event. The dress code for the walk is all black, but you’re also welcome to dress up in a bear costume! It can take the entire hide of one Canadian black bear to make just one cap. Bears are often shot several times before they die, and some escape and bleed to death. In some Canadian provinces, there are no restrictions on the shooting of mothers who have nursing cubs, leading to the slaughter of entire families during hunts.

The bears are relying on us to send a clear message to the Ministry of Defence that the slaughter of wildlife for the guards’ ceremonial headwear is unacceptable and that the time has come for them to go fake for the bears’ sake. Don’t delay – register for the race today, and please let your friends, family and colleagues know about the event!

To register, visit our sign-up page and leave your details – we will be in touch throughout the run-up to the event.



  • Brien Comerford commented on May 31, 2012 at 1:42 am

    The Royal Family would gain so much more respect and dignity if they stopped hunting and banned and denounced the killing of bears for these inhumane and vile caps.

    They are royally morally challenged !

  • Verna Coxen commented on June 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    Please stop this senseless killing. Bears are wonderful beings and hunting is a no no. They have a right to live.

    Change the guards caps to faux fur and have beauty without cruelty. It is the one and only thing i absolutely despise about the Royal family. So did Diana.

    IT IS NOT NECCESSARY!!! and it is cruel. Would the Queen kill her Corgi for a cap? I don’t think so.

    Thank You

  • john hughes commented on June 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Her Maj’ her ‘type and her followers have been repeatedly asked to STOP from endulging in ‘blood sports’ over the years, It’s like trying to get blood out of a stone – they just love it …. Maybe the young guy, Diana’s son, will tell the old lady she’s got a Moral responsibility to denounce murder for food, fashion and sport…. just as he Pope should tel his followers to practice birth control…. RUN BARE – London – 14 July and let’s make the Royals *BLUSH *x

  • Montree commented on June 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Help keep this a NAKED protest! 14 July, 10am York Road, London Eye. Be there and be bare!

    • Matt commented on June 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

      We understand you’re disappointed Montree about the change of plan, but PETA have lots of other naked protests you would be more than welcome at, and on this occasion we really hope that PETA and the bears can still rely on your clothed support.

  • Montree commented on June 22, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Quote fom Will Golden, London Naked Bike Ride

    “Even PETA has replaced a naked protest “Run bare for the bears” with a dressed one (guaranteed to be 100% ineffective) because “there would be children on the walk”. Pathetic!!! These were the people we hoped to lead us in protesting the massacre of the bears for military hats.

    But the bears have to die, just in case “naughty bits” pop out! How’s that for a small-minded view on body acceptance, from people who should know better?”

    The original announcement is still on many websites and I know many people who intend to keep to the original plan. The original “Run bare” graphic with the date is still being used all over the place. There must be people who do not like to register for events who do not even know of the change. It’s too late to put the genii back in the bottle.

    • Matt commented on June 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Hey Montree – We believe that the more people we have taking part and standing up for the bears the better and also that everyone who registers for the march, will receive an email with all of the details including the fact that this is not a naked protest

  • Montree commented on June 24, 2012 at 5:04 am

    You need to tell Time Out then, quote: “The five-kilometre run through central London has a dress code of ‘bare as you dare’.”

    Or this from an animal rights website:

    “PETA aims to get as many people as possible to shed their clothes, and run naked through the streets of London for PETA’s Run Bare to Spare Bears event. The dress code for the run is “as bare as you dare”, so even if you are shy, they’d still love to have your support – all they ask is that you keep any underwear flesh coloured.”

    There are also websites that write of an alternative naked run.

    There’s even a Facebook event, apparently from PeTA itself, that still calls for naked participants.

    Whether people register or not is not point, a naked run by those supporting the cause will be taking place as the details are so widely distributed.

    • Jared commented on June 26, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Whoa there dude! Seems like you’re getting a little too fervent there.. So from what I understand you seem to think there’s going to be an army of nudes turn up on the day? Nude-mob? Maybe it’ll just be you though – had you thought of that?

      Why you’re being so disrespectful to an organisation that is trying to help animals one way or another is beyond me – and this nude ‘counter-protest’ seems counter-productive. If you want to get naked, do it in your own time, but respect the wishes of the organisation – they’ve said that it’s now a clothed event, and I imagine a whole lot of families will turn up expecting a clothed event. If you and your one-man army rock up naked you could cause strife, which may be your intent, but remember that nudity is allowed so long as it doesn’t cause someone undue stress or offense.. what you seem to be inferring would verge on that – so I guess my last words to you would be:

      Prepare to be arrested?

  • Montree commented on June 27, 2012 at 2:59 am

    I mean no disrespect to PeTA or more importantly the cause of the black bears. I am merely pointing out that the original message distributed by PeTA so successfully is still out there on web. Three people have independantly contacted me about the “Naked Protest” all unaware that it not now due to take place. None had registered but found the details through animal rights and naturist websites. There must be many others who will be turning up similarly unaware of any change of plan.

    I still think PeTA’s change to a clothed protest, after a brilliant initial campaign, is a mistake and I will not be attending.

    • Katie commented on July 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      So you’re protesting against a protest? I get that you’re annoyed that it’s not bare anymore but that’s no reason to not show up anyway just to support the saving of bears.

  • Montree commented on July 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

    I had made arrangements to travel to London for the protest as it involves an overnight stay for me. However, as Will Golden of the London Naked Bike Ride says, the rearranged event will have minimum impact and I do not now consider it worth my while making the trip.

    It’s up to PeTA to organise any event they choose and it’s up to me to decide which to support. In this instance I think their decision to snub those who where willing to “bare all” in support of the Black Bears is a lost opportunity for some effective publicity which is, after all, the whole point of the exercise.

  • McKinley Johnson commented on August 22, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Too bad I missed this event. Is there any other date for this?

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