Pamela Anderson Wants the Queen’s Guard’s Caps to Be Faux Fur
Following PETA’s unveiling of the world’s first faux–bear fur hat, created by luxury faux furrier ECOPEL, actor Pamela Anderson sent a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to replace the bearskin caps worn by the Queen’s Guard with the humane alternative.
Anderson pointed out that bears are baited and gunned down in her native Canada, and some are skinned and their fur is sold to make the ceremonial caps. She asked the prime minister – who as Mayor of London made the statement that synthetic fur caps should be used if they would “help save a few bears” – to instruct the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to make the switch to cruelty-free faux fur.
What Does Pamela Anderson’s Letter Say Exactly?
In the letter, Anderson notes that it takes the fur of at least one bear to make a single cap, so the switch would save more than just “a few bears”.
“[It’s] outrageous that the caps worn by the Queen’s Guard – a British icon – are still made from the fur of bears who are killed in my native Canada. This is especially senseless given that PETA and top luxury faux furrier ECOPEL have created the world’s first faux bear fur that looks and feels exactly like the real deal – but doesn’t harm a hair on a bear’s head.”
– Pamela Anderson
Faux Fur Is the Future
ECOPEL – which donated its time and expertise and built custom machinery to produce the animal-friendly material – has offered to provide the MoD with faux bear fur free of charge until 2030.
The faux-fur cap meets all of the MoD’s requirements. The material matches the exact length of real bear fur and is easily rendered 100% waterproof. There really is no telling the two apart.
Better for Bears, Better for the Environment
The faux fur is more eco-friendly than real fur, which must be treated with toxic chemicals to prevent it from decomposing.
ECOPEL’s replica fur is also made in closed-loop factories, which means all water and chemicals used in its production are recycled.
Our Taxes Fund Cruelty
Over the past seven years alone, the MoD has spent more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money on 891 bearskin caps, which are ornamental and serve no military purpose.
Bears hunted for their fur are often shot but not killed immediately. Some bears are shot several times before they die, and some escape only to die slowly from blood loss or starvation.
The Time Is Now
About 20 years after the UK banned fur farming, and with a post-Brexit ban on the importation of fur anticipated, a tried-and-tested alternative to the Queen’s Guard’s bearskin caps is ready to be rolled out. “It would be unconscionable not to take [this solution] and to continue to allow innocent animals to be killed when a humane alternative exists,” concludes Anderson.
Ask the MoD to Stop Using Caps Made From Slaughtered Bears
Join us in taking these two simple steps to help end the MoD’s use of the fur of slaughtered bears for the Queen’s Guard’s caps:
STEP 1: Take to social media.
Struggling with writer’s block? Try something like this:
Hey, @BorisJohnson and @DefenceHQ, PETA has provided the MoD with a faux bear fur that is indistinguishable from real fur. Please stop funding the senseless killing of bears and quick-march the new faux fur into service. #MoDGoFurFree
STEP 2: Send Prime Minister Boris Johnson an e-mail.
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