Queen Camilla Pledges to Go Fur-Free

Posted by on May 15, 2024 | Permalink

PETA is pleased to have received the long-awaited confirmation from Buckingham Palace that Queen Camilla will not procure fur for her wardrobe.

In doing so, she follows in the footsteps of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who announced in 2019 that no new items for her wardrobe would contain real fur.

This is thought to be the first time Queen Camilla has taken an official stance against the fur industry, in which animals are caged for life or caught in steel traps, electrocuted or subjected to another painful form of killing, and skinned.

A True Queen Protects Animals

We’re toasting to Queen Camilla with a glass of the finest claret, her tipple of choice, for being a true queen and standing with the 95% of British people who also refuse to wear animal fur.

It’s right and proper for the British monarchy to reflect British values by recognising that fur has no place in our society.

Bear Fur Is Still Worn by the King’s Guard

The move makes the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) use of real bear fur for the royal guard’s caps ever more preposterous and out of touch.

For two decades, PETA has been campaigning to compel the MoD to end the use of bearskin for the King’s Guard’s caps. A PETA video exposé reveals how bears are baited with food, shot, disembowelled, and dismembered by hunters in Canada so that their fur can be sold – possibly to be used for the purely ornamental headgear.

Watch the video above to see hunters shooting the unsuspecting animals with crossbows – a form of hunting that has been illegal in the UK since 1981 under wildlife protection laws. Many bears are shot several times, and some escape only to die slowly from blood loss, infection, starvation, or dehydration.

It takes the skin of at least one bear to make a single cap. According to public records obtained by PETA, the MoD bought 498 bearskin hats between 2017 and 2022 – equating to at least 498 slaughtered bears – even though PETA first offered the ministry a superior faux fur produced by luxury faux furrier ECOPEL in 2017 and ECOPEL has committed to supplying an unlimited amount to the ministry for free for a decade.

Royal Guards Must Go Fur-Free – Take Action

Tell the defence secretary to use faux fur for the King’s Guard’s caps: