17 Mar 2006

Aussie disrupts Queen's Singapore visit

A protest in Singapore, are you sure? I want pictures to prove this.

Jodi Ruckley even had her placard and bear suit returned to her, luckily she wasn't carrying a placard and wearing a T-shirt demanding transparency of the CPF and NKF.

From The Age
March 17, 2006 - 4:55PM

An Australian animal rights activist in a bear suit disrupted a Singapore visit by the Queen to protest against the bearskin hats worn by the soldiers who guard Buckingham Palace.

Two police officers detained the member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) near the presidential palace, not long before the Queen arrived for a ceremonial welcome from head of state SR Nathan.

It also occurred hours before Prince Philip was to open a new Singapore office for the environmental group WWF International, of which he is president emeritus.

Jodi Ruckley, 33, from Sydney, was led to a police van after brandishing a placard saying "God save the bears".

She was released later without charges. Her bear suit was also returned.

Protests are banned in tightly-governed Singapore unless organisers obtain a police permit in advance.

Ruckley threatened further protests during the queen's two-day Singapore visit, saying she was prepared to risk further police action on behalf of the bears.

"To tell you the truth it is risky but ... that's nothing compared to what they're going through," she said.

The Queen arrived in Singapore, once a colony and now a republic, on Thursday night for a two-day state visit after she opened the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

PETA opposes the use of Canadian black bear pelts for the Grenadier Guards' furry ceremonial hats.

The Grenadiers are a part of the regular British army but are best known as the Royal Guard in London.

"We are not giving up till they change to synthetic fur," said PETA spokesman Jason Baker.

As well as the Grenadiers, bearskins are worn with ceremonial tunics by Britain's Welsh, Irish, Scots and Coldstream Guards regiments.

The bears are hunted in Canada and their skins shipped to Britain, and activists as well as some parliamentarians say they should be replaced with fake fur.

The bearskins are thought to have been adopted from France's Imperial Guard after Britain defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

It features in ceremonies such as the Trooping of the Colour, which are traditionally led by the monarch.

Recently a group of British Labour MPs tabled a motion seeking a ban on the towering headgear.

The UK Ministry of Defence said that it had begun trials of synthetic materials as a response to animal welfare worries. Early results have shown fake material goes frizzy in London's weather.

© 2006 AAP

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

save the bears.....how interesting.......but the again i think the sydney guy must be a lunatic not to know the sg laws.....how amusing...........too bad....would probably like to see him THROWN to jail for massing such a stupid campaign to "save the whimps"

the world is about to end sooner or later...so why bother yourselves with trivial matters like bear skin and fur....? interesting..........

Anonymous said...

Bear is an extinct species of animals!

Anonymous said...

how amusing.......dear dear guy/gal speaking.....do you ever retort to humans and berate them for ruling the earth with an iron fist????? look at every inch of the earth.........colonised by humans...........colonisation is akin to slaying the bears for their amusement...............so why bother over such things?????

sooner or later such lovely creatures will also be extinct like the dinosaurs have..............oh my.......then probably the end of the world might be coming soon......hurray.....!

clyde said...

So, going by that logic, do you also go around killing people, amongst bears and other things....?

Anonymous said...

interesting....well said...but one were to be wise enough .....you should know that ...killing humans and killing animals are clearly two different matters.....

one thing for sure....when you kill a human......the police will THROW you into the prison.....
on the other hand,.......when you kill a bear...at most you get fined for killing an endangered specie.....
...
well i will tell everyone one good suggestion to save the world........i don;t care which corner of the goddamn world you live in......why not everyone.......this is my suggestion.....instead of imputing anymore posts into this stupid thread line....or even this BLOG....why not do the world a favour.......and close the PC....that will save the world and the forests and we will be happy and we won't have to rule everything like beasts and animals.......hows about that?

hahahahahaa

Anonymous said...

Then, it implies that we can start killing each other bec the Bible says that the world is coming to an end???? What kind of logic is this????

If you do care for your life which is so precious, then others' lives are equally important and as precious as yours! It is a matter of ethics and morality, ok, anon 12.55am

Whether it is a human being or an animal, all are living beings with consciousness, wanting to have happiness and avoiding sufferings. But of course, such idea can't be forced on everybody to believe but those who have the conscience, the loving-kindness and compassion for others, including the animals, will certainly spare some thought to ponder over the qualities of ethics and morality. Then, this world will be more peaceful, more harmonious to live in as there will be no war, no fights, no riots, no killings, etc. Don't you think so?

If not, you can imagine yourself being born as an animal, eg bear or perhaps a dog or a cat (which you can emulate easily). Even being a pet dog or a pet cat, will still be fearful in any situation when he is being ill-treated by his owners. Every moment you're living in fear, fear of being killed or slaughtered by humans, by other bigger animals; no food, no water,no shelter. Pld spend abt 10 mins everyday and think about it again and again until one day you can realise the fact that being born as an animal is indeed a suffering.

By the way, this is a method to cultivate loving-kindness.

Anonymous said...

say whatever you like dude......oh and i forgot to say this....opps....i mistook the person in that stupid silly bear to be a male......so it a BITCH......hahahahaha.....yeah....australia has alot of these sort of FCUKING BITCH........yeah....she's a dumb....stupid FCUKING BITCH.....yeah! hahahahaha stupid woman.......bimbos

Matilah_Singapura said...

Yo, Singaporeans... how can you let another "foreign talent" show you up as spineless, conquered people?

ark ark ark...

Anonymous said...

It takes a more stupid person to call another person stupid and so forth.....be watchful that retribution befalls on yourself or family members - god knows!

Anonymous said...

retribution??? i will always be watchful of my back ever since i have my ordeal in australia....won't tell you what racist people did to me there......in SG I WILL TRAMPLE THEM LIKE THEY ARE WORMS! stupid Fcuking bitch is what i like call those idiots that trample on my path.......not only will i trample them.....i will rob them of their happiness and everything!

Anonymous said...

remember this statement from the USA.....in god we trust in money....

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