by paige
Categories: Animals.

snipshot_e419n0l7bv72.jpgHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is having one bear of a time on her visit to the U.S. A PETA member in a bear costume and holding a “God Save the Bears” sign is following her around to various cities and events including most recently the Kentucky Derby. The campaign is intended to urge the Queen to switch to faux fur for the Buckingham Palace Guard’s hats.

According to a PETA press release:

It can take one bear’s entire hide to make just one guard’s headpiece. The skins come from Canadian black bears who are often shot several times before they die. Some escape the hunters and bleed to death. When mother bears are killed, orphaned cubs are left behind to starve.

“We love pomp and circumstance as much as anyone, but not when the ceremony causes baby bears to be orphaned when their mothers are shot for hats,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “No tradition on Earth can justify cruelty.”

PETA Europe supporters including Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, and Hayley Mills are supporting the ban on bear fur in The Queen’s Guards headwear. Will the queen comprimise formality for the sake of saving animals or is this just another radical campaign on PETA’s part? We can’t be sure, but choose to air on the side of awareness, however that translates for the Queen. For more information, check out

  • esther

    Poor Queenie, it must be terrible for her! The world just is not as it was or how she plans it to be. You can just picture the outrage on her face.

    Still, I think it’s like recycling or turning offthe taps when you brush you teeth, it seems like a big deal the first time, but after a while that’s just the way it is.

    Personally I think faux fur sounds quite fun.

    But that’s probably the very thing that most appalls her!

  • Dana

    I don’t really think the notion that bears in Canada shouldn’t be shot and killed for head accessories is very radical. With a little effort, a non-animal derived alternative could probably be find soon enough.

  • Maureen E. Roth

    As a Brit I know that a vast majority of people in the United Kingdom do not know that these hats, or beavers as they are known, actually come from bears. I think the Ministry of Defense would hate the whole population to know this as fur is really not popular at all. I think the Queen is from another time and doesn´t really care but Prince Charles, who claims to be so worried about the planet should be pressured to explain this mass slaughter of bears.

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