The British Army tried fake fur, but it was useless. Wellington Barracks-based military tailor Jonathan Macintyre explains where the bearskin caps work by guardsmen come from.

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Not everyone understands the conservation benefits of hunting black bears. Groups dedicated to ending hunting include PETA, which has joined up with synthetic furrier Ecopel to produce a faux bear fur. PETA is lobbying the British government to replace the real bear fur used in the Queen’s Guard’s caps.

PETA reports that, in 2020, bearskin caps cost £1,305 each. The UK govenment spent more than £1 million on bearskin caps  caps between 2014 and 2020.

Under the #MoDGoFurFree hashtag, PETA  claims support for its campaign from actors and entertainers including Sir Paul McCartney, Pamela Anderson and, from beyond the grave, the late Sir Roger Moore.

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