Bear facts on animal culling
In response to the criticism of the bear fur hats worn by the Guards regiments, the British Fur Trade Association (BFTA) would like to correct some statements made in your article (Belfast Telegraph, December 15).
First of all, we would like to make you aware that black bears are not killed to provide fur for ceremonial caps.
The bear fur is a by-product of a necessary cull.
In North America black
bears are abundant. In areas where black bears and humans live in close proximity, black bears must be managed and controlled under government authorisation.
There are strict regulations on how the animal is killed as part of a necessary cull.
The BFTA strongly condemns cruelty to animals and does not trade in endangered species.
British Fur Trade Association