Will Boris Johnson Stop the MoD From Using the Fur of Slaughtered Canadian Bears for the Queen’s Guard’s Caps?

Posted by on November 18, 2021 | Permalink

If you go down to 10 Downing Street today, you’re sure to find … PETA’s “bear” calling on the prime minister to quick-march ECOPEL’s new faux fur into use for the Queen’s Guard’s caps.

Faux Bear Fur Is Available

This week, PETA unveiled the world’s first faux bear fur – created by luxury faux furrier ECOPEL – which looks and functions exactly like the bearskin used to make the Queen’s Guard’s caps.

As Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said faux-fur caps should be used if they would “help save a few bears”. Now, as prime minister, he has the power to make that happen.

There is no excuse for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue buying caps made from the fur of slaughtered black bears – and the prime minister must put a stop to it. The humane, high-performing faux fur gives a nod to tradition while preventing sensitive bears from being viciously slaughtered for their fur. An MoD-copyrighted test – commissioned by PETA and conducted at the MoD’s accredited laboratory – confirms the faux bear fur meets the military’s requirements.

It takes the skin of at least one bear to make a single cap. Some bears are shot several times before they die, and some escape only to bleed to death. When mother bears are killed, their cubs are left to starve.

Are You Paying for Caps Made From the Fur of  Slaughtered Bears?

A Freedom of Information request revealed that in the past seven years alone, the MoD spent more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money on 891 bearskin caps – which are ornamental and serve no military purpose. ECOPEL has offered to provide the MoD with the faux fur free of charge until 2030, meaning the switch would also save money.

Help Bears Now

Join us by taking these two simple steps to help stop the MoD from using the fur of slaughtered bears for the Queen’s Guard’s caps:

STEP 1: Take to social media.

Please tweet at the prime minister and the MoD and comment on the MoD’s Instagram and Facebook.

Struggling with writer’s block? Try something like this:

Hey, @BorisJohnson, @PETAUK has provided the MoD with a faux bear fur that is indistinguishable from real fur. Please stop the senseless killing of bears by @DefenceHQ and quick-march the new faux fur into service. #MoDGoFurFree


STEP 2: Send Prime Minister Boris Johnson an e-mail.

Use our action alert to send your e-mail now: