‘Queen’ Julian Clary Bares All For Bears
London – Wearing a faux-fur-trimmed robe flung open – but with his modesty preserved by the teddy bear on his lap – Julian Clary is the latest “name” to plead, “God Save the Bears!”, in PETA’s campaign calling for an end to the use of black-bear pelts for The Queen’s Guards’ hats. The TV presenter, author and comedian wants to draw attention to luxurious synthetics that could many bears’ lives. Hundreds of bears and their offspring have been killed since 2001 to provide the guards’ ceremonial caps. Clary will unveil the ad – in person – across from St James’s Palace on today:
Date: 1 July
Time: 12 noon sharp
Place: Across from St James’s Palace, corner of St James’s Street and Cleveland Row, London
“I’d hoped the mere threat of me taking my clothes off would cause The Queen to switch to synthetic fur”, says Clary in an exclusive PETA interview. “Now I am exposing my remarkably well-preserved body to make her see sense.” A life-long animal lover and long-time PETA supporter, this isn’t the first time that the compassionate comedian has taken The Queen to task for her unbearable cruelty to bears. In a letter to Her Majesty, Clary wrote, “From one queen to another, I am writing to beseech Your Royal Highness to replace the guards’ bearskin caps with an elegant, non-lethal material”.
It can take the entire hide of one bear to make just one guard’s cap. Some bears killed for the caps are shot several times before they die, and some escape and bleed to death. When mother bears are killed, their cubs are left behind to starve.
Pamela Anderson, Sadie Frost, Ann Widdecombe, Mary McCartney, Lucy Davis, Sir Roger Moore, Jilly Cooper, Amanda Holden and leading cast members from Coronation Street are already part of the campaign.
PETA’s “bear” has been dogging the Royals at appearances around the world. The “bear” even appeared at Charles and Camilla’s various destinations on their recent tour of the Caribbean.
For more information and to view the ad, please visit PETA’s website UnbearableCruelty.com.