Sunday, August 31, 2008

PETA Vs. Bear Fur Hats

There was a time when Britain civilised the world. There was a time when the British would do say and do things like this:
Sir Charles Napier, who was Governor of Sind province (now part of Pakistan) tried to stop the traditional practice of wife-burning on the funeral pyre of the dead husband. When he was told that this was an Indian custom, he is said to have replied "My country also has a custom. We hang people who burn women". The wife-burning stopped.
Now the British content themselves by producing the finest actors in the world and masturbatory hand wringing over animal rights:
Military chiefs are to meet with an animal rights group on Tuesday to discuss alternatives to the traditional bearskin hats famously worn by the guards at Buckingham Palace.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) are to hald (sic) talks with Ministry of Defence (MoD) officials to put forward what they say are ethical alternatives to the 18-inch (46-centimetre) tall fur hats worn by army guards.

Where does it end? The Beefeaters becoming known as the Edamame Munchers? The venerable SA80 replaced by non threatening sunflower stalks? I would suggest that the military chiefs mimic, among other things, the speech patterns of the Spartans and simply tell the PETA people to fuck off.

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