Pamela Anderson has begged Boris Johnson to keep a promise he made when he backed calls for the Queen’s Guard to wear fake fur bearskin caps.
The Baywatch star-turned-animal rights activist has targeted the PM over the tradition of guards wearing real fur head gear.
Pamela, 54, has written an open letter to the under-fire Tory leader, saying it is “unconscionable” not to phase out the bearskins.
While Mayor of London in 2015, Boris said synthetic fur caps should be used if they would “help save a few bears”.
Pamela, who is famed for her devotion to animal rights issues and is a keen PETA supporter, told Boris to replace the caps with fake fur.
In the letter, Pamela wrote: “It’s outrageous that the caps worn by the Queen’s Guard – a British icon – are still made from the fur of bears who are killed in my native Canada.”
The actress has spent years campaigning to end animal rights abuses, including fur farms and seal clubbing in Canada.
Her intervention comes as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) unveiled the world’s first faux-bear fur hat.
PETA claim that over the past seven years, the Government spent more than £1million of taxpayers’ money on 891 bearskin caps, “which are ornamental and serve no military purpose”.
Pamela added in her letter to the PM: “One of the reasons I like the UK is that it is a nation which prioritises animal protection issues.
“As you probably know, it takes the fur of at least one bear – who was likely baited and gunned down – to make just one of these ornamental caps. Some of these bears are nursing mothers whose cubs will slowly die without them there to protect and care for
“Mr Johnson, there is nothing more important for people in positions of power to do than protect the vulnerable.
“Please instruct the Ministry of Defence to make the switch to cruelty-free faux fur.
“PETA and top luxury faux furrier ECOPEL have created the world’s first faux bear fur that looks and feels exactly like the real deal – but doesn’t harm a hair on a bear’s head.
“It would be unconscionable not to take it and to continue to allow innocent animals to be killed when a humane alternative exists.”