Leamington Spa Woman In Nude Protest Over Royal Guards’ Bearskin Caps

For Immediate Release:
7 June 2009
Sam Glover 020 7357 9229, ext 229; [email protected]
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire – Totally nude and holding a sign reading, “1 Cap = 1 Bear. MoD, Go Fur-Free”, North Leamington-based account researcher Amanda Currell sat on a flight of stairs near St. Paul’s Cathedral today to protest against the use of bearskins to make The Queen’s Guards’ ceremonial caps. Currell protested alongside 100 “bloodied” supporters of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Europe who were wearing nothing but bear masks. The demonstration took place just six days before The Queen’s Birthday Parade. PETA is calling on Her Majesty and the Minister of Defence to give bears the best present of all: their lives.
Why is Amanda happy to bare all for the bears? Many of the bears killed for The Queen’s Guards’ caps suffer greatly and are shot several times before they die. Some escape before eventually bleeding to death. When mother bears are killed, orphaned cubs are left behind to starve. The Ministry of Defence have pledged to switch to faux fur but have yet to choose one of the many luxurious synthetics available to them, despite Britons’ overwhelming opposition to fur.
“The slaughter of Canadian bears for Royal Guards’ caps is even more cruel and pointless when you consider the fantastic alternative materials that can be used these days”, says Currell. “It’s time to stop killing bears for ceremonial headgear.”
Amanda will be available for interviews to discuss her involvement in this protest. Please contact Sam Glover to arrange an interview.
Photos of Amanda taking part in the demonstration are attached. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.