Semi-anonymous British Army guardsmen during Trooping the Colour 250519 CREDIT LOIS GOBE ALAMY
With the ceremonial hat being worn throughout the year and in all weathers, the MOD decided it could not take the man-made fabric forward (Picture: Lois GoBe/Alamy).
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Poll: Should the UK military wear bearskins?

The Ministry of Defence recently stated it has "no plans" to take a man-made fabric replacement forward.

Semi-anonymous British Army guardsmen during Trooping the Colour 250519 CREDIT LOIS GOBE ALAMY
With the ceremonial hat being worn throughout the year and in all weathers, the MOD decided it could not take the man-made fabric forward (Picture: Lois GoBe/Alamy).

The Ministry of Defence revealed that the British Army will continue to wear bearskin hats after testing found a man-made fabric replacement, proposed by animal rights charity PETA, "didn't meet the standards required".

PETA, a prominent opponent to the use of the bearskin, has campaigned relentlessly for the wearing of authentic bearskin caps by British Army regiments to end.

However, the man-made alternative only met "one of the five requirements to be considered as a viable alternative" and showed "unacceptable rates of water-shedding".

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