pamela anderson's royal plea

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    Pammy's royal plea
    October 25, 2004

    FORMER Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has sent a petition to Queen Elizabeth II urging Britain's monarch to stop the use of bear pelts in making the tall black helmets worn by palace guards.

    Campaign trail ... Pamela Anderson is giving the Queen some lip / AFP

    The charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or Peta, said Anderson collected 200 signatures from fans in Britain and mailed the petition to Buckingham Palace. A palace spokeswoman refused to comment.

    In her petition, the 37-year-old actress argued that synthetic materials should be used to make the hats worn by guards who patrol the palace gate.

    The towering black hat, or busby, dates back almost 200 years to the Battle of Waterloo and is a key part of the uniform of the five guards' regiments - the Coldstream, Grenadier, Irish, Scots and Welsh. It also features in traditional ceremonies like Trooping the Colour and the Changing of the Guard.

    "We the undersigned urge the queen to call on the Ministry of Defence to cease the use of real fur on the uniforms for the regiment of foot guards," the petition said.

    Anderson collected the signatures at a London store where she was signing copies of her new novel.

    The Associated Press,4459,11178417%255E10431%255E%255Enbv,00.html
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