Poll: Majority of UK Opposes Funding Vile Bearskin Caps

Poll: Majority of UK Opposes Funding Vile Bearskin Caps

London – Amid rising taxes and protests over the cost of living crisis, a new poll from PETA carried out by Populus – The Times’ official pollster – reveals that 75% of the UK public considers the Queen’s Guard’s bearskin caps a “bad use of Government funds” and 73% would like to see the prime minister take action to replace the bearskin with faux fur.

Each cap costs an astounding £1,710. More than £1 million of UK taxpayers’ money has been spent on these caps in the past seven years alone, despite the fact that they serve no military purpose. Leading faux-fur producer ECOPEL has offered the Ministry of Defence (MoD) an unlimited amount of its faux bear fur free of charge until 2030, meaning that a move away from cruelly obtained bearskins could save hard-hit taxpayers over £1 million.

“As many Brits struggle to pay for essentials like gas and electricity, they’re rightly outraged at the thought of funding ornamental caps for which bears are killed,” says PETA Senior Campaigns Manager Kate Werner. “We remind the government that switching to faux fur is a wildly popular move that would save money and bears’ lives.”

PETA notes that 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. Despite the MoD’s claims that bears are killed as part of Canadian government “culls”, PETA has found no evidence that any culls of this sort exist in any province or territory of Canada.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


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