Ann Widdecombe naked

PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) take their clothes off, a lot. I think it is a much more effective way of winning over people than digging up their dead grandmothers.

However when I heard that Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe MP had lent them her support I broke out in a cold sweat. I have a lot of time for Ann, I have seen her speak and she is an undoubtedly a formidable MP. However I have no desire what so ever to see her naked. I am sure the feeling is mutual.

It turns out that Ann was not taking part in a naked protest but was writing to all her fellow Tory MPs asking them to back the campaign to use fake fur on guardsmen’s hats, or bearskins (to give them their proper name).

For the record I don’t have a problem with the guardsmen’s hats being made from real fur. The Canadians shoot well over a thousand bears a year as part of their wildlife management and we take about 60 – 100 pelts a year.

3 responses to “Ann Widdecombe naked

  1. The bears are shot by sports hunters who get a licence from the candian national wildlife agency. It’s a hobby like fishing for them and they would do it regardless of if the pelts were purchased by the MOD or not. The numbers of licences are carfully controlled based on ongoing studies by the agency that carefully monitors the numbers of bears (and dear, and numerous other animals that you can shoot if you feel like it).I have seen the trials of the fake fur options (I worked at Horse Guards for a bit) and they look a joke when they get wet (as they frequently do in the UK!). Oh, and they are made of an oil based plastic!

  2. I don’t see it as callous. The scientists WANT 1000 less bears a year presumably so that other parts of the canadian ecosystem can benefit. It’s called a managed ecology.

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