‘Tony Blair’ Speaks Out Against Queen’s Guards’ Bearskins Caps

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Michael Sheen

Award-winning actor Michael Sheen, who so convincingly played Tony Blair in The Queen, is the latest compassionate celebrity to join PETA Europe’s Unbearable Cruelty campaign.

While the real Tony Blair is still keeping mum on the issue of skinning bears, Michael recently sent a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown (the actual Gordon Brown, not an actor), calling for an immediate end to the killing of Canadian black bears for the Royal Guards’ fur caps.

In his letter, Michael points out the UK’s Ministry of Defence’s unfulfilled promise to use an animal-friendly fake to replace the skins used for the caps and adds, “Not only is the purchase and importation of bearskins from Canada a deplorable waste of military funding, it is also a waste of animals’ lives.”

Yes! Michael, if you ever actually run for prime minister, count on my vote. (Well, you know, if I were British … and if prime ministers were actually voted for …)

Read Michael’s letter and, if it bothers you that cubs are orphaned when their mothers are killed for hats, then please take action now!

Written by Shawna Flavell

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