Pamela Anderson urges UK Government to ban “outrageous” bearskin guard caps

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  22nd November 2021

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Vegan icon Pamela Anderson has slammed the UK Government for using bear fur for the Queen's Guard caps in a letter to Boris Johnson

Vegan actress and activist Pamela Anderson has written a letter to Boris Johnson urging the Government to ban bear fur used for Queen’s Guard’s caps.

Anderson demanded the dated and barbaric methods used to make the caps be brought to an end.

The iconic bearskin hats have been worn by the Queen’s Guards for nearly 200 years.

It is reported that more the £1 million of taxpayers’ money has been spent to produce 891 caps.

Moreover, Pamela Anderson suggested the Government switch to PETA-approved faux bear fur caps by ECOPEL.

Pamela Anderson’s letter to end bearskin

In the letter to Boris Johnson, Anderson praised the UK as a nation that priorities animal protection issues.

However, the vegan celebrity added: “This makes it all the more outrageous that the caps worn by the Queen’s Guard – a British icon – are still made from the fur of bears who are killed in my native Canada.”

She suggested the Government switch to faux furrier ECOPEL, who created the “world’s first faux bear fur that looks and feels exactly like the real deal”.

“As you probably know, it takes the fur of at least one bear – who was likely baited and gunned down – to make just one of these ornamental caps.”

Anderson highlighted that the bears that are killed for fashion are sometimes mothers whose cubs will slowly die without them there to protect them.

She concluded: “Mr Johnson, there is nothing more important for people in positions of power to do than protect the vulnerable.”

“It would be unconscionable not to take it and to continue to allow innocent animals to be killed when a humane alternative exists.”

The UK Prime Minister is yet to make a public statement on the matter.

Image by Delaney Van

Image by Delaney Van

Fur-free fashion

Unlike the UK Government, many fashion designers have ditched the use of fur and opted for sustainable materials.

High-fashion brands such as Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino and many more have made the move to faux fur.

Surprisingly, it is reported that even Queen Elizabeth has ditched fur in favour of alternative materials.

While many designers have joined the fight to end fur in fashion, the barbaric material is still available in some stores often being labelled as faux-fur.

With greater awareness and demand, we are hopeful we can move towards the ban the sale of real fur.

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Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and Podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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