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Ricky Gervais: Bearskin Caps Are Not a Laughing Matter
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PICS: HUNDREDS MARCH THROUGH CENTRAL LONDON WITH MESSAGE TO 'SPARE THE BEARS'

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Brit Award–Winning Singer Joss Stone's Naked Bearskins Ad

PETA Gives MoD a '21-Bum Salute'
PETA Gives MoD
a '21-Bum Salute'

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PETA Gives MoD a '21-Bum Salute'

With their bare backsides – with Union Jacks painted on them – lined up to protest against guards' bearskin caps, wearing little more than fake bearskin caps and holding a banner that reads, "Bare Skin, Not Bear Skins", 21 PETA members performed a "21-bum salute" to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London. The protesters are calling on the MoD to stop the cruel and needless continued killing of black bears for The Queen's Guards' ceremonial headwear, as the hunting season is about to get underway in Canada.

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PETA points out that the MoD are shamefully supporting and funding the fur industry – an industry which is so cruel that fur farming is actually banned in the UK. There is no justification for the MoD to finance this shameful slaughter in another country, where victims are terrorised and slaughtered in order to be fashioned into nothing more than an ornamental cap.

The bears are killed by Canadian hunters, and it can take the entire hide of one adult bear to make just one guard's cap. Some bears killed for the hats are shot several times before they die, and some escape and bleed to death. When mother bears are killed, orphaned cubs who are entirely dependent on their mothers to teach them survival skills are left behind to starve and die.

Bare Skin Not Bear Skin - Guards: Go Fur Free!
Nude PETA members give a "21-bum salute".
Killing bears for ceremonial caps is needlessly cruel, and bears are getting a bum deal while the MoD drags its feet on switching to synthetics. It is high time for the MoD to bite the bullet and move into the 21st century, where caveperson-like behaviour and cruelty to animals are no longer tolerated.

In a poll commissioned by PETA, nearly 80 per cent of respondents were opposed to the use of taxpayer money to kill Canadian black bears and have their skins fashioned into ceremonial caps for The Queen's Five Guards' Regiments. The MoD has spent more than £321,000 on ornamental bearskin caps in the past five years alone and stalled adoption of caps fashioned from luxurious faux fur.

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