The iconic bearskin hats worn by the Queen’s Guards should be replaced with faux fur, according to the petition.


Fake fur should be used to replace the iconic bearskin hats worn by the Queen’s Guards.

A NEW PETITION has been launched demanding that the Queen’s Guards’ iconic bearskin hats be replaced with faux fur.

The petition was launched by PETA and singer Alesha Dixon, who is urging the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace real fur with a faux alternative.

Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards all wear bearskin caps.

The petition comes after PETA teamed up with Ecopel, a faux fur company, to create a hat that, according to PETA, looks and performs identically to the real thing.

The Ministry of Defense, on the other hand, insists that there is no suitable substitute for the ceremonial headdress.

“The British public expects the Government to make good on its animal welfare commitments, and that must include updating the Queen’s Guard caps to be made from humane faux fur rather than slaughtered bear skins,” said PETA director Elisa Allen.

“All of the world’s most renowned and accomplished designers have abandoned real fur in favor of faux, and there is no reason why the Ministry of Defence should not do the same for its ceremonial headpieces.”

“Everyone who cares about animals should sign Alesha Dixon’s petition demanding that a cruelty-free cap be quickly marched into service,” PETA says.

“Most British people are against fur,” Dixon continued, “so it makes no sense for this iconic symbol of the UK to be made with real fur when an indistinguishable faux fur exists.”

“The Ministry of Defense has the option of keeping the bearskin cap’s aesthetic without the cruelty – it must take it.”

Virginia Lewis-Jones, daughter of the late Dame Vera Lynn, known as the Forces’ Sweetheart, and former soldier Andy Knott MBE, chief executive of animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports, have both signed the petition.

It will be considered for debate in Parliament if 100,000 signatures are collected.

PETA claims that switching from bearskin to faux fur would save taxpayers money because Ecopel has offered to provide the MoD with free faux fur for the hats until 2030.

In the last seven years, more than £1 million has been spent on bearskin caps, according to the charity.

“The bearskins worn by the Guards are part of our proud military history and identity,” an Army spokesperson said.

“Alternatives aren’t available.”

“Like leather, these bearskins horn.

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