Simon Pegg hits out at Queen’s Buckingham Palace guards for ‘parading in gunned-down bear fur’

The Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz star is urging the MoD to switch the caps and use faux bear fur

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Pegg says it is a “disgrace” that soldiers in the Queen’s Guard are “still parading around with the fur of bears who were gunned down”.

Such a move would be a break from the tradition, as the Queen’s Guard are primarily based at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace.

Pegg, 52, is supporting a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign urging the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to replace the bearskin with faux fur which matches the length of real bearskin and is waterproof.

He said: "It’s a disgrace that soldiers in the Queen’s Guard are still parading around with the fur of bears – who were gunned down in Canada – on their heads.

Simon Pegg arriving at the 75th British Academy Film Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Picture date: Sunday March 13, 2022.
Simon Pegg arriving at the 75th British Academy Film Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Picture date: Sunday March 13, 2022.
The Queen's Guard: F Company Scots Guards take part in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, on the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday February 6, 2022.
The Queen's Guard: F Company Scots Guards take part in the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, on the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Picture date: Sunday February 6, 2022.

"The caps serve no military purpose and each one costs at least one bear their life.

"The ceremonial bearskins could easily be replaced with faux fur, retaining the traditional look but eliminating the cruelty.

"It’s time for the Ministry of Defence to drop the petty excuses and make the switch – it’s what the British public wants and what bears need."

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The Go Fake For The Bears’ Sake campaign coincides with a petition launched by Britain’s Got Talent star Alesha Dixon.

It has just more than half the 100,000 signatures it needs to trigger a Parliamentary debate.

In a statement, the MoD said: "Bears are never hunted to order for use by the MoD.

"Bear pelts that are used by the MoD are byproducts of licensed culls by the Canadian authorities to manage the wild bear population.

"Therefore, any reduction in the number of bearskins procured by the MoD would not equate to a reduction in the numbers of bears being killed.

"Our guardsmen take immense pride in wearing the bearskin cap, which is an iconic image of Britain.

Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London in 1985
Queen Elizabeth II taking the salute of the Household Guards regiments during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony in London in 1985

"Ensuring the guards’ caps remain both practical and smart is vital and currently there are currently no artificial alternatives available that meet the essential requirements for these ceremonial caps.

"Where manmade alternatives to replace natural fur items provide a suitable, affordable and sustainable alternative to animal products, the MoD will use them.

"For example, faux fur is now used for the smaller busby hats worn by the King’s Troop."