17 March 2014

Bearskins, Fur and the Guards

Napoleon's Imperial Guard wore fur bearskins
Napoleon's Imperial Guard wore fur bearskins
Napoleon's Imperial Guard wore fur helmets of bearskins, making them appear tall and intimidating. At the Battle of Waterloo, in 1825, the British Guards seized the bearskins off the heads of the beaten French. Since then, the Guards parade with 65 newly dead bears on their heads every year, marching up and down for the British monarch. None of this is good news for bears. More at Bearskins: How to Do Animal Rights.

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