Ann Widdecombe Unveils Shocking New Bearskins Video
Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has unveiled new video footage from an undercover investigation into the slaughter of black bears in Canada – the source of fur for Britain's Royal Guards' caps. The footage shows hungry mother bears as they are lured to bait sites, only to be gunned down for their fur, leaving their cubs orphaned. The shocking video, which Ms Widdecombe showed at the Houses of Parliament to a room full of media and other governmental figures, shows the baiting, shooting and skinning of bears by hunters who make crude sexist comments as they work.
Ms Widdecombe and PETA are calling on the Ministry of Defence and HRH Queen Elizabeth to end the use of bear fur for The Queen's Guards' caps. The Ministry of Defence has spent more than £321,000 on bearskin caps in the past five years alone. More than 200 MPs signed an Early Day Motion calling on the government to switch to a modern and humane synthetic fabric. Celebrities including Sir Roger Moore, Mary McCartney and Sadie Frost have also called on the government to "go faux".
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Instead of financially supporting the shameful slaughter of black bears for the Queen's Guards' Ceremonial Caps, Great Britain should set a compassionate example by switching to a humane and progressive alternative and commit to stopping the killing.
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