Friday, May 19, 2006

Pop Artist Pink Joins In Call for Queen to Withdraw the Bearskin Hats Worn By Her Palace Guards

I’ll be honest, I’ve never even heard Pink. Yet, this is an excellent way for her to use her coverage. The use of bearskin hats is an outdated, archaic and cruel practice.


Pink in animal rights plea to Queen

(Thursday May 18, 2006 04:49 PM)

Pop star Pink has asked the Queen to withdraw the bearskin hats worn by her Palace guards.

The singer wrote a letter to the monarch at Buckingham Palace saying: "Sorry to be a royal pain, but my feelings reflect the sentiment of a new generation that respects animals."

She is supporting a campaign by the animal rights group PETA to replace the hats with ones made of fake far.

Pink is due to perform in front of the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and William and Harry at the Prince's Trust 30th anniversary concert at the Tower of London on Saturday.

She wrote: "From what I hear, you're a modern monarch - I've even checked out your website. So if you haven't already, please visit, where you can see for yourself the distressing footage of what happens to these bears in Canada.

"Britain's reputation as a nation of animal lovers is being tarnished by these money-grabbing hunters. I know that your Army Drummers' cool leopard-skin aprons are synthetic and that the Royal Horse Artillery has fabulous faux-beaver caps.

"Isn't it about time that your five Regiments of Foot Guards joined your other ranks by replacing real fur?"

PETA argues that it can take the entire hide of a Canadian black bear to make just one guard's headpiece.

The towering black hats date back almost 200 years and are a familiar sight outside Buckingham Palace and in ceremonies such as Trooping the Colour.

The bearskin was thought to have been adopted after the defeat of Napoleon's Imperial Guard at Waterloo in 1815.

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