Morrissey urges Queen to scrap fur hats

Published Aug 3 2010, 21:58 BST  |  By

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Morrissey has urged the Queen to stop British Army Guards wearing real fur hats.

In a letter to The Times, the singer insisted that the responsibility of ensuring the guards do not wear real bearskin falls to the monarch.

He wrote: "It is difficult not to look to the Queen herself - after all, they are her guards, and she must surely be aware of the horrific process utilised to supply real bearskins for her guards.

"The mere sight of each bearskin hat must surely jab at the Queen's heart."

Morrissey added: "Yes, animal rights move different people differently, and there are even those who think that animals simply have no right to be, but there is no sanity in making life difficult on purpose for the Canadian brown bear, especially for guards' hats that look absurd in the first place, and which can easily be replaced by faux versions (thanks to the visionary Stella McCartney) with no death involved."