Aglukkaq Reverses Mounties Decision to Abandon Fur Hats

The Fur Institute of Canada has commended the federal government’s decision to keep Mounties in fur-lined hats on Wednesday. According to the group that advocates humane trap research, fur is of iconic nature to Canadians, just as the Mounties, so it deserves to stay. The group mentioned that “historically, the fur trade played a central role in the development of Canada, and, like the RCMP, has a significant and iconic position in Canadian heritage, culture and tradition,” adding that “the FIC is pleased that the government’s support for this heritage.”

The RCMP had announced earlier that wool tuques would be used instead of traditional fur-lined hats in cold winter months, but the federal government intervened on Tuesday and reversed the decision. Environment Minister, Leona Aglukkaq, stated on Tuesday that “I would like to assure Canadians that the minister of public safety has taken actions to ensure that the historic fur winter hats worn by the RCMP will not be discontinued, despite the efforts of radical animal rights activists,” adding that “the RCMP decision, which is causing much glee among anti-fur activists, is being fully overturned.”

On the other hand, The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has spoken out against the government’s decision and alleged that it was “shocked” and “disgusted” by it. It has stated that “the RCMP made a decision based on facts, scientific testing and the collective attitudes of their members and the public. The Government of Canada is clearly trying to pander to a dwindling industry and disregarding the rest of the country’s views.”

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