Like any advocacy group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) thrives on media attention, and when a campaign generates that attention year after year, you keep it going. That’s how it has been with PETA UK’s 20-year campaign to have bearskins removed from the heads of the King’s Foot Guards.
As long as PETA fails to achieve its goal – something it’s “successfully” failed to do since 2002 – this gift just keeps on giving. Indeed, so successful has PETA been at failing, that cynics now wonder whether it wants to win at all, since winning would kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.
Bearskin caps are actually worn by the military and marching bands of no fewer than 10 countries, including Canada. But above all they are associated with British pomp and circumstance, and are a must-see for any tourist visiting London. It’s hard to imagine the Changing of the Guard without them.