Those crazy kids at PETA are at it again with their new ad, Bare Skin Not Bearskin, featuring a not-so-scantily clad Jamie Bamber. Well, not-so-clad-at-all, actually. With just ten episodes remaining Battlestar Galactica fans have never been more aware or more passionate. Bamber, who plays Lee “Apollo” Adama on the show, is taking the opportunity to make a statement about a cause he now feels strongly about, the mistreatment of bears. I say now because, as Bamber himself freely admits, he was completely unaware of the issue beforehand. But after talking to a close friend, former Office star Lucy Davis, who had posed nude for a Peta ad holding a giant teddy bear, he wanted to help.
While the ads don't actually show anything pornish they are eye opening for fans used to seeing their favorite television actors in a very different setting. The ads lighten the mood and offer a sexy glance at intimate curves and, oh, by the way, there's something they'd like you to read about the slaughter of big eyed bears.
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According to Peta, black bears in Canada are killed using a practice called “Bait and Shoot,” where hunters lay out food and then shoot the animal while it eats with disregard for whether its cubs are eating next to them. The bears who run away usually die of bloodless, infection or starvation, for no great purpose. But far from being used for food, the ones who are killed are skinned and sent to the United Kingdom where they're turned into uniform caps for the Queen's Guards. It takes an entire bear's hide to make just one cap meaning many are needed, and since cubs are dependent on their parents for food for the first seventeen months they starve to death. Bamber feels all that could be avoided if the Queen's Guards just used faux fur or revised their uniform.
-Henry Jenkins, BuddyTV Staff Writer
(image courtesy of Peta)