People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has long been fighting the British royal family over the use of bear fur in the hats of the Queen's guard, and now the animal welfare group's cause has found an ally in Pamela Anderson.
According to the New York Post, the actress has teamed up with Russian faux-fur manufacturer Only Me to create an animal-friendly version of the headwear.
"They are sending two prototypes this week from Moscow," a PETA source told Richard Johnson at Page Six.
The iconic black caps have a centuries-old history, and each hat requires the skin of one bear to produce. The British Army reportedly uses 100 bear skins per year, which all come from the annual Black Bear Cull in Canada. PETA, on the other hand, thinks the traditional look and feel can be achieved with faux fur.
Working with Anderson is hardly the first time PETA has tried to get the attention of Queen Elizabeth regarding the issue. Back in 2006, activists staged a naked protest outside Buckingham Palace, and in 2010 Stella McCartney offered to design and produce a cruelty-free hat, if the Ministry of Defense approved a synthetic alternative.
However, the MoD rejected the change then, saying that synthetic materials do not meet the weather and wearability standards required for the caps.
Last year, a spokesperson for the Ministry told Londonist something similar. "We have examined various alternative materials in the past, but none has come remotely close to matching the natural properties of bear fur in terms of shape, weight and its ability to repel moisture in wet conditions."
Perhaps Anderson, with a little help from the Russians, can inspire the Queen to change her mind.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.