I am in London!
Although a popular tourist attraction, I definitely will not be admiring the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace.
Because in the name of pomp and ceremony these guards each wear a Canadian Black Bear on their heads.
A petition against this can be found @ http://forcechange.com/29114/stop-killing-black-bears-for-royal-guards-fur-caps/#gf_15
The standard bearskin headgear of the British Foot Guards is “18 inches tall, weighs 1.5 pounds”. The entire skin of a Canadian Black Bear is used for each hat.
The British Army purchase the hats, from a British hatmaker who sources the skins from an international auction. The hatmakers purchase between 50 and 100 black bear skins each year at a cost of about £650 each.
Bears are not farmed but are baited and killed by Canadian hunters, who then supply the auction houses with bear pelts.
Needless to say, I would rather these guards went bare-headed than clung to this cruel and antiquated tradition.