The use of real bearskin hats by the Queen's Guards to be debated by MPs
6 July 2022
On Monday 11 July, MPs will debate a petition relating to the use of real bearskin hats by the Queen's Guards.
Martyn Day MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.
Replace the real bearskins used for the Queen’s Guard’s caps with faux fur
The petition, which has more than 106,000 signatures, states: “There is no excuse for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to continue to effectively fund the slaughter of bears for ceremonial headgear since an indistinguishable alternative has been produced, which is waterproof, and mimics real bear fur in appearance and performance.”
In its response to the petition, provided on 11 February 2022, the Government said: “Currently we have no plans to end the use of bearskins. Bear pelts that are used are the by-products of a licensed cull by the Canadian authorities to manage the wild bear population.”
What are petitions debates?
Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.