Bare skin not bearskin

Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Coronation Street actress Kate Ford goes bare skin for PETA. The ad is part of PETA’s campaign to persuade the Ministry of Defence to stop killing bears for the Buckingham Palace Guards' ceremonial headwear. Photographer Karl Grant shot the ad, which is being released to coincide with Ford's return to Coronation Street.

"I would never have dreamed of posing nude, but when PETA showed me the footage of the bears being shot and skinned just for the sake of these ornamental Guards' caps, I decided to be brave and show some of my skin in the hope that the MoD will let the bears keep theirs", says Ford. "The cowardly hunters even bait the bears with food before ambushing them. When mother bears are killed, their cubs are left to slowly starve to death. This breaks my heart. I think it is despicable of the MoD to use taxpayers' money to fund this cruelty overseas when there are synthetic faux furs available."

Ford joins many other celebrities for PETA including Pamela Anderson, Lucy Davis, Morrissey, Julian Clary, Sadie Frost, Mary McCartney, Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, Jilly Cooper, Hayley Mills and Amanda Holden.