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