Queen Elizabeth II will probably be mourned by many. At PETA, we are going to keep in mind the UK’s longest-reigning monarch not solely as somebody who was dedicated to her canine – saying “my corgis are household” – but additionally as somebody who modified with the instances. Though there had been no stigma hooked up to sporting fur when she rose to the throne, in recent times, she selected kindness over cruelty by banishing it from her wardrobe.
Because the sovereign of a nation of animal lovers, she gave Royal Assent to an array of animal safety laws throughout her 70-year reign – banning fur farming, searching with canine, and using wild animals in travelling circuses.
Greater than something, Queen Elizabeth II will probably be remembered as somebody who lived in service to UK values. And whereas she didn’t reside to see the bearskin used to make the royal guards’ caps changed with fake fur match for a 21st century monarch, one approach to honour her legacy could be for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to commit to creating the change. On this interval of transition, a altering (and modernising) of the guard – which might forestall bears from being gunned down in Canada – would signify the continued evolution of the monarchy.
We hope that this new period may even see the UK’s new sovereign, King Charles, use his energy and affect to do extra to guard animals, who’re among the many most weak in our society. He already banned merciless foie gras – made by ramming pipes down the throats of geese and geese with the intention to trigger a grossly swollen liver – from his royal residence. He adopted two canine – Bluebell and Bathtub – from the Battersea Canine & Cats Dwelling, inspiring numerous others to assist alleviate the homeless-animal disaster by selecting to undertake, not store. And he reportedly eats vegetarian meals a minimum of twice every week to assist cut back his affect on the local weather disaster, a problem which he has lengthy raised consciousness of. However there’s a lot work nonetheless to do. Banning snare traps – barbaric gadgets set as much as catch predators who would scale back populations of younger pheasants hunters want to shoot – from Sandringham Property could be a welcome place to begin. Swearing off pheasant capturing – rightly considered by nearly all of the general public as outdated and merciless – should even be prioritised. In any case, many Britons look to the royal household to set an instance, and of all of the qualities to emulate, none might be extra necessary than compassion.
Please be a part of us in calling on the MoD to honour Her Majesty’s legacy by quick-marching a pretend bear fur into service:
Please additionally be a part of us in calling on the federal government to make good on the animal welfare commitments referenced within the 2021 Queen’s Speech and convey ahead the promised Animals Overseas Invoice, which might ban the sale of fur and foie gras, consistent with current bans on their manufacturing within the UK: