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June 21, 2006

PC Police Go After British Royal Guards' Hats

No time-honored tradition is safe from the relentless corrosion of political correctness — not even the tall bearskin hats worn for centuries by the royal guards who have become emblematic of Britain.

The Labour Party's Chris Mullin has introduced a motion declaring that the hats "have no military significance and involve unnecessary cruelty."

It's no better on the other side: conservative lawmaker Ann Widdecombe wants her party to support the idea of replacing the bearskin with an artificial substitute, whimpering that

Black bears, who are intelligent and curious animals, are slaughtered in Canada so that their skins may be used for ceremonial hats.

Animal rights activists have been staging naked demonstrations in London because they don't like the hats. Canadian black bear are not endangered, nor are they killed just to make the hats. Fake fur is too hot and mats.

Maybe they should try pleather.

Posted by Van Helsing at June 21, 2006 6:46 AM


What amazes me in this debate is that doing away with animal furs for warmth and protection frm the elements means we rely on synthetics, which are....petroleum based. Hello!?

Posted by: ex-expat at June 21, 2006 9:07 AM


Obviously, we need clothes made out of hemp.

Or, as the protesters, we can all go nekkid.

Posted by: Steve at June 21, 2006 1:30 PM

Both hemp clothing and goin' naked would be problematic in most parts of the U.S. .

Posted by: ex-expat at June 21, 2006 3:24 PM

Obviously, the guards need hats made out of naked demonstrators.

Posted by: chsw10605 at June 21, 2006 4:34 PM

Bloody hell!

Growing up in the Northren BC woods, I know for a fact that the Black Bear population is very high.

These gits need a swift kick in the arse! Leave the hats as they are

Posted by: Albertan Technophile at June 22, 2006 4:30 PM

I lived in Prince George British Columbia for years. The Knights of Columbus would help source black bear pelts and send them to the Royal Guards. These pelts were from nuisance and harvested bears. There is no shortage of black bears in BC and a tranquilized black bear is seldom "re-located". Again, please understand, there is a ongoing cull of the bears due to them being in backyards, and a hunting season with generous bag limits, which stipulate the edible meat be recoverred from the field. Black bear can be quite good table fair, all fat must be trimmed, but it does have a pork-like quality.
If there were in excess of 100,000 black bears in Britain I would consider their opinions on the matter.

Posted by: Cam at June 22, 2006 4:35 PM

I agree with most of your Moonbattery targetting. However, leave out the Environmentalists. In many ways they are correct. I think the bears can be left to be bears. Some traditions are dated and unecessarrry

Posted by: at June 22, 2006 7:32 PM

The idea of looking after the environment is nice, but Environmentalists with a capital E are exploiting this natural tendency for people to want to be nice in a very cynical way, by bringing up rubbish like this and using environmental issues as a means to bring about more and more government control over life.

There's a good site about such issues here:

Posted by: Archonix at June 23, 2006 5:15 AM

A bear was killed in Oshawa Ontario on saturday (hit by a car).
They are now in the GTA.
In Kapiskasing last spring and summer, parents had to pick their children up after school, no walking and no after school playing after dark because there was a bear report in the city every day.
It will take a serious human/bear attack to bring back the spring bear hunt
Bears are also very good table fare, I have a ham in the freezer from one that tangled with our dog, during deer season.

The accepted policy up north now is "shutup and shovel".

Posted by: richfisher at June 23, 2006 10:05 AM