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Bearskin caps and the armed forces

EDM (Early Day Motion) 929: tabled on 31 January 2022

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 75 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House expresses its concern that the ceremonial bearskin caps worn by members of the armed forces, most notably at the annual Trooping the Colour parade, involve the unnecessary slaughter of black bears; notes that each bearskin ceremonial cap costs the Ministry of Defence over £1,700 and sees no possible excuse for taxpayers’ money to be spent on ceremonial caps made from the skins of bears gunned down for their fur when the overwhelming majority of the British public is opposed to the use of real fur in clothing; understands that the faux fur developed by animal rights charity PETA with leading faux furrier ECOPEL would enable the Ministry of Defence to replace the real bearskins with faux fur; welcomes the offer by ECOPEL to provide the Ministry of Defence with faux fur at no cost until 2030, saving many bears from slaughter and also saving the tax payer up to a million pounds; and calls on the Ministry of Defence to recognise that its continued use of real fur is not in line with the UK Government’s commitment to have and promote the highest standards of animal welfare and that it is time to switch to faux fur for making these ceremonial caps.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2022
York Central
Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2022
Liverpool, Wavertree
Tami, Mark
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2022
Alyn and Deeside
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 February 2022
Glasgow North East
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2022
Walsall South
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 February 2022
Edinburgh North and Leith
Smith, Cat
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2022
Lancaster and Fleetwood
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2022
Glasgow North
Huq, Dr Rupa
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2022
Ealing Central and Acton
McDonald, Stuart C
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2022
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2022
Dundee West
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Smith, Alyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
Stirling
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
Gordon
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
Brighton, Pavilion
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
East Lothian
Rees, Christina
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2022
Neath
Fovargue, Yvonne
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2022
Makerfield
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 February 2022
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 February 2022
Arfon
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 February 2022
East Dunbartonshire
Howarth, Sir George
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2022
Knowsley
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 February 2022
Edinburgh West
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 8 February 2022
Birkenhead
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2022
Glasgow South West
Lewell-Buck, Mrs Emma
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2022
South Shields
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Glasgow Central
Hanna, Claire
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Belfast South
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2022
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 February 2022
Ceredigion
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Liverpool, Riverside
Wilson, Munira
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 February 2022
Twickenham
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 February 2022
Edinburgh East
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 February 2022
Richmond Park
Corbyn, Jeremy
Independent
Signed on 21 February 2022
Islington North
Green, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 February 2022
Chesham and Amersham
Flynn, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 February 2022
Aberdeen South
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
West Lancashire
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Streatham
Winter, Beth
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Cynon Valley
Blackman, Kirsty
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 February 2022
Aberdeen North
Duffield, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Canterbury
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd
Labour
Signed on 21 February 2022
Brighton, Kemptown
Qaisar, Ms Anum
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 February 2022
Airdrie and Shotts
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 22 February 2022
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2022
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2022
City of Durham
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 February 2022
Motherwell and Wishaw
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2022
Ealing, Southall
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 February 2022
Argyll and Bute
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2022
Rochdale
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 March 2022
Dundee East
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 March 2022
Glasgow North West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 March 2022
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 March 2022
Central Ayrshire
Nichols, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2022
Warrington North
Davey, Ed
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 March 2022
Kingston and Surbiton
Sultana, Zarah
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2022
Coventry South
Moran, Layla
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 March 2022
Oxford West and Abingdon
Wakeford, Christian
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2022
Bury South
Doogan, Dave
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 March 2022
Angus
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2022
North East Fife
Begum, Apsana
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2022
Poplar and Limehouse
Stone, Jamie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 April 2022
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Burgon, Richard
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2022
Leeds East
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 April 2022
Midlothian
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2022
Liverpool, West Derby
McKinnell, Catherine
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2022
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 April 2022
Glenrothes

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.