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"A British lawmaker is gathering support for his call to ban the towering bearskin hats worn for almost 200 years by the red-coated soldiers who guard the country's royal palaces.<br><br><br><br>
The motion, introduced by Labour party lawmaker Chris Mullin in March, declares the hats made from the fur of Canadian black bears "have no military significance and involve unnecessary cruelty."<br><br><br><br>
Conservative lawmaker Ann Widdecombe has now urged her party to support the motion aimed at replacing the bearskins with artificial substitutes."<br><br><br><br>
Full text:<br><br><a href="http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060620/D8IC8C9G3.html" target="_blank">http://apnews.myway.com//article/200...D8IC8C9G3.html</a>
 

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Neat! I never knew the hats were bearskin. I mean, I guess I figured it must be *someone's* skin but I never really gave it much thought before.<br><br><br><br>
Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the look of faux fur, especially the really long, crazy looking monster fur that comes in all sorts of neon colors and patterns and I also enjoy fake fuzzy animal patterns for purses, shoes, bedspreads etc. (please don't judge me, I am an 80s child). It's just that, in this day and age, real fur just seems so... Neanderthal....<br><br><br><br>
I especially enjoyed the picture of the guard with the planes in the background, creating trails of smoke in the traditional national colors of the noble country of Great Britain: cyan, white and magenta!
 

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I'm a dork. I was thinking this was going to be about body guards for Britney Spears. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Tesseract</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
"The motion, introduced by Labour party lawmaker Chris Mullin in March, declares the hats made from the fur of Canadian black bears "have no military significance and involve unnecessary cruelty."</div>
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Guards eat factory farmed meat, eggs and cheese: No problem.<br><br><br><br>
Shoot a few wild blackbears. Gov't ban.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>das_nut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Guards eat factory farmed meat, eggs and cheese: No problem.<br><br><br><br>
Shoot a few wild blackbears. Gov't ban.</div>
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That is because the goverment considers the hats to be totally unnecsassary while meat/eggs/milk are considered "necassary" by the government. Hopefully one day in the far future meat will be banned.<br><br><br><br>
w00t, this is my 300th post! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":vebo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pibo.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":pibo:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dancingbanana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":nana:">
 

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Good to see something's being done, I found out about what they were made of when PETA started protesting, and when I was watching the parades for the Queen's birthday I couldn't stop thinking about what the guards had on their heads.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>das_nut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Guards eat factory farmed meat, eggs and cheese: No problem.<br><br><br><br>
Shoot a few wild blackbears. Gov't ban.</div>
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Good point. Still, any step in the right direction is better than no step.<br><br><br><br>
I find it kind of perplexing that they're working with faux fur, but are very dissatisfied with it because it's not as weather-worthy as real fur. Why do they need to wear fur or fur-like hats anyway? Because it's tradition?? I've never been a big believer in maintaining traditions for no good reason other than that "It's Tradition."
 

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Whoa... Some of the hats they're still wearing are 100+ years old.<br><br><br><br>
Canada wears 'em, too.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearskin" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearskin</a><br><br><br><br>
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Looks like they've tried to do this more than once before.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.cnn.com/EARTH/9708/13/britain.bearskin.ap/" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/EARTH/9708/13/britain.bearskin.ap/</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>das_nut</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Guards eat factory farmed meat, eggs and cheese: No problem.<br><br><br><br>
Shoot a few wild blackbears. Gov't ban.</div>
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Its better then nothing. I would rather have them eat meat and not wear fur then do both.
 
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