Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to phase out the use of bearskin hats for the Queen’s Guards.
The striking headgear has been worn by the British Army since the victory over Napoleon in 1815 and is made from real bearskins.
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, Anderson, 54, described the continued use of bearskin as “unscrupulous”.
This view is shared by the American animal rights group PETA, which claims that the British government spent more than £ 1 million on 891 bearskin hats, all of which are purely decorative and “have no military purpose”.
While serving as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson argued that faux fur hats should be used “if they would help save a few bears”.
Ms. Anderson wrote, “As you probably know, it takes the fur of at least one bear – probably baited and shot – to make just one of these ornamental caps.
“Some of these bears are nursing mothers whose cubs are slowly dying without being around to protect and care for them.
“Mr. Johnson, there is nothing more important to people in positions of power than protecting the weak.
“Please instruct the Department of Defense to switch to cruelty-free faux fur.”
Their calls coincide with PETA’s release of the world’s first fake bear fur with faux fur company ECOPEL, of which Ms. Anderson said, “Looks and feels just like the real deal – but doesn’t harm any hair on a bear’s head. “
The animal rights activist, who has become a glamor model, has campaigned for a variety of animal welfare issues in the past, including seal clubs and fur farms in her native Canada.
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