Category: Animal Rights

Pamela Anderson gets behind bars in Paris protest against farm animal abuse

Actress Pamela Anderson joined animal rights campaigners in Paris yesterday, posing inside a cage to protest the caging of animals in European farming.

The former Baywatch star was backing a campaign by Compassion in World Farming to get a million signatures in seven EU countries in support of their bid to end the practice.

“I don’t think any animal belongs in a cage for entertainment or for what we wear or what we eat,” she told reporters.

“All of our choices are important and we have to be more conscious of our decisions,” she added.

“Animal welfare has come a long way, but we have a long way to go.”

The petition is part of the European Citizens’ Initiative, which means that if they can raise a million signatures within a year the European Commission will have to consider the issue.

The organizers say they have the support of 140 organizations, including in France the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and PETA.

Anderson is currently taking part in the French edition of the television programme Dancing with the Stars.

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Pamela Anderson blasts Gordon Ramsay for ‘cruelly’ selling foie gras

Gordon Ramsay has been blasted by Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson for ‘cruelly’ selling foie gras at his restaurants and called on him to banish it from his menu.

The 51-year-old vegan actress has written a letter to the TV chef urging him to stop selling the dish at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, his flagship eaterie in London.

Although the production of foie gras, or fat liver, is illegal in Britain it is still legal to import it into the country.

In some cases it is made by force-feeding geese and ducks, either in factory farms or by hand, until their livers swell to up to ten times their normal size.

In the letter, she writes that foie gras is ‘nothing more than a diseased liver produced in a real-life Hell’s Kitchen’.

She adds: ‘Given your exceptional talent, I have no doubt that you can create dishes to impress that don’t involve this cruelty.’

Anderson is spearheading a campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights charity.

The former Baywatch star angered some French politicians in 2016 when she appeared in the National Assembly in Paris to support a ban on foie gras.

Many claimed it was inappropriate for an unelected Canadian-American known for appearing nude in Playboy to be interfering in the democratic process.

The anti-foie gras campaign has previously been supported by celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Ricky Gervais, Ralph Fiennes and the late Sir Roger Moore.

PETA’s Director of Vegan Corporate Projects, Dawn Carr said: ‘Pamela Anderson is a long-time champion of animals, including the birds who are abused to produce foie gras.

‘Over the past few years, she has written to London department store Fortnum & Mason urging it to ditch the vile pâté and called on the French National Assembly to ban the force-feeding of geese and ducks.

‘On foie gras farms, workers repeatedly ram pipes down gentle birds’ throats and pump huge amounts of grain into their stomachs, often tearing holes in their necks and sometimes rupturing their internal organs.

‘Foie gras production is so cruel that it’s illegal in the UK and more than a dozen other countries, and the majority of the public is rightfully sickened by this horrific industry.

‘Consumers have the power to take a stand against foie gras by refusing to buy this ‘torture in a tin’ and instead choosing one of the many healthy and cruelty-free vegan vile pâté’s available.’
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Pamela Anderson on never wearing leather again: ‘I call myself a naughty vegan’

I decided to become vegetarian when I was a child. My father was a hunter and one day I found a dead deer, without its head, hanging outside our home, dripping blood into a bucket. I cried for days. It wasn’t hard for me to give up something so cruel. I got my father to stop hunting, too.

I call myself a naughty vegan. I live in France, I eat croissants. I do the best I can, but I’m not a dictator. It’s a radical choice to be vegan, so I’m not so strict. Stella McCartney and Paul and Linda created Meatless Mondays, so even if you don’t eat meat on Mondays, you are still doing something good. If you’re Canadian, like me, and grew up in the coastal areas, sometimes you think if you’re vegetarian, you can still eat fish.

You learn as you go along; you make changes. I once promoted a fur line in Russia, where the market is very real because of the weather. And Barb Wire was all leather – I just didn’t think of it at the time. Today I wouldn’t wear fur, and I don’t want to glamorise it by wearing faux, but it’s still better than wearing someone’s else’s skin. I sent faux fur coats to Melania Trump and Kim Kardashian, and both have sworn off fur since. On my sons’ modelling contracts now, it says no fur. They’re both vegan, too, but I never forced it on them.

I started with animals and moved to environmental causes with Vivienne Westwood. She and I are kindred spirits, and I’ve learned so much from her. Her message is more in-depth than the hashtag movement; you have to go further than that – we can control what we wear, what we eat. Fashion has so many new fabrics, recycled from the pollution in the ocean. You just have to be engaged with the world.

As for thinking you’ve done something because you’ve worn a slogan T-shirt or used a hashtag? You still have to take action. I’ve written to governments, delivered a petition to stop bullfighting and protested about foie gras in front of the French government.

I never thought I’d be a style icon. Early on in my career I wasn’t really a fan of clothes. I never thought much about the red swimsuit I wore on Baywatch. It was a beach show and I thought everyone was watching it for the message – it was sweet! I don’t think any of us was trying to act sexy. Maybe the producers had that in mind, but we weren’t thinking about it.

How I dress now is how I’ve always wanted to: in feminine, simple clothing, nothing hard-edged. I don’t like black; I love colours and dresses, and being comfortable. There was a time in my life when everyone was doing everything for me – even my husbands were dressing me. I don’t know where I am in my career. I was going to say I’m glad I’m at the end of it, so I don’t have to be in front of the camera for too much longer. But for the first time in my life I don’t have an army of people making decisions for me. I can finally decide for myself.

Source: theguardian.com

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