While it is Winter in South Africa, it is peak holiday season in England.
Animal fur items are not foremost on people’s minds in London.
Yet bear skin hats are in full view outside Buckingham palace – a huge tourist attraction. Below is a petition addressed to the UK Ministry of Defence:
It requests that high quality synthetic materials replace bearskin hats made from slaughtered black bears. The entire skin of a Canadian Black Bear is used for each hat.
Bears are not farmed but are baited and killed by Canadian hunters, who then supply the auction houses with bear pelts, which supply the British army.
In the 21st century there are other options.