London: Singer Steven Patrick Morrissey has blasted the Queen’s Guard soldiers for wearing bearskin hats.
The guardsmen who stand to attention outside Buckingham Palace in London attract millions of tourists every year with their iconic red jackets and black fur headwear.
But Morrissey, 51, has blasted them as being “absurd” hats, and insisted their use “reflects the human spirit at its lowest”.
“In the humanised world, of course, hats are not worth killing for,” a news daily quoted him as writing in an open letter to The Times - signed “Morrissey, Singer, (from) Cheshire”.
“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.
“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...
“There is no clever distinction in trapping and skinning bears for petty considerations based on vanity.
“Concern for all beings - human or animal - is a kindness and a goodness that springs from somewhere much deeper than Royal duty, and like it or not, the Guards wearing real fur reflects the human spirit at its lowest,” he stated.