Rafferty Law: ‘No More Excuses’ for Using Bearskin for Guards’ Caps

Rafferty Law: ‘No More Excuses’ for Using Bearskin for Guards’ Caps

Actor Delivers Pointed Message to Government in New PETA Video

London – Following his recent feature film debut in Twist, actor, model, and lifelong vegetarian Rafferty Law is on screen again in a powerful new campaign for PETA. Law urges the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace the real bearskin used to create caps worn by the Queen’s Guard with faux fur. He points out that it takes the skin of at least one bear to create a single cap, which serves “absolutely no military purpose”.

“Unbelievably, black bears are still being gunned down to make the caps for the Queen’s Guard, even though PETA has created this alternative,” says Law, referring to the world’s first faux bear fur – created by PETA and luxury faux furrier ECOPEL. “And I hope you’re as angry about it as I am.”

In the video, Law explains that these bears are often nursing mothers, whose cubs are left to starve. “One cap can actually represent the painful deaths of an entire family. And for what?” he says. “It’s sickening and quite frankly devastating.”

Despite the MoD’s claims that the bears are killed as part of Canadian government–sanctioned “culls”, PETA has found no evidence of any Canadian province running – or having previously run – any official black bear culling programmes. Instead, the Canadian government issues “tags” to hunting enthusiasts, who are then free to bait and kill an allotted number of bears and sell their pelts for profit. Some bears are shot several times before they die, and some escape only to bleed to death.

Law’s video marks his second anti-fur campaign with PETA. It comes on the heels of a government petition launched by Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon, which seeks 100,000 signatures in order to trigger a parliamentary debate about the MoD’s continued use of bearskin. Law also comes from a family of proud anti-fur activists: his mother, Sadie Frost, previously appeared in PETA’s iconic “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” series in an ad stating, “Turn Your Back on Fur”, while his father, Jude Law, sent a letter on behalf of PETA urging the World Trade Organization to uphold the EU ban on seal-fur imports – which it did.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information on how British taxpayer money is paying for bear slaughter, please click here.


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