The World: Save That Tiger (Not That Yak)

OUTFITTED in all that panoply of royal tradition, Queen Elizabeth's elite regiments have one natural enemy: the conservationist. On the head of every member of the Foot Guards, for example, rises half a Canadian bearskin; from the helmet of the Household Cavalryman sprouts a plume of yak hairs. Whenever the army's 88 military bands wheel into action, the soldiers who carry the big bass drums drape themselves in the skins of leopards and tigers.

Now the World Wildlife Fund, which lists tigers and leopards among some 800 species threatened with extinction, has weighed in with a formal letter of protest to the...

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