AR-News: (CA) RCMP Muskrat Fur Hats

Barry Kent MacKay mimus at
Wed Sep 17 12:23:42 EDT 2003

News Release -

Fur Flies Over "Traditional" Winter Hat

RCMP Keeps Leg-Hold on Canadian Wildlife

For Immediate Release - September 16, 2003 - Ottawa -Fur-Bearer Defenders
are taking aim at a cruel "tradition" of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
(RCMP) - the muskrat fur hat, which is part of their winter uniform.

Fur-Bearer Defenders' Lesley Fox met with the RCMP in Ottawa today, trying
to convince them to find alternative materials. She will be holding
interviews tomorrow to report on that meeting.  She will demonstrate today's
traps and have copies available of Fur-Bearer Defenders' new 2 minute
shocking video.  This TV quality video graphically exposes muskrat trapping
cruelty and how the animals have to suffer in order to become a hat for the

The RCMP uses between 4500 and 6000 trapped muskrats each year - muskrats
that suffer terribly to supply these hats. This contravenes the RCMP's own
Core Values Statement which says that they are "guided by Compassion:
demonstrating care and sensitivity in word and action".

When: Wednesday, September 17.  Phone Lesley Fox to arrange a time (see
numbers below).

Where:  The Aristocrat Suite Hotel, Room 215.

This meeting came just a few months after public pressure influenced Britain
's decision
to seek alternatives for their bearskin hats. The UK has now issued a
contract to find alternative material for the fur caps used by the Queens
Foot Guards and other ceremonial regiments.


Lesley Fox, Acting Executive Director
In Ottawa at (604) 723-8253 (Cell phone)
Hotel Number in Ottawa - phone: (613) 236-7500 at Aristocrat Suite Hotel

Fur- Bearer Defenders (Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing
Animals) was established in 1944 and is a non-profit society working to stop
trapping cruelty and protect fur-bearing animals.

More info too can be found on our website by going to Fur-Bearer Defenders'
website at: and clicking on
"RCMP Muskrat Hat Campaign" from the left column.


Barry Kent MacKay
Senior Programme Coordinator:  Canada
Animal Protection Institute  

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