Category: Animal Rights

Pamela Anderson Urges Toronto Film Fest to End Canada Goose Sponsorship

Pamela Anderson has brought her fight against Canada Goose’s cozy jackets, popular with Hollywood stars and filmmakers, to the Toronto International Film Festival.

The actress wrote TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge that the fashion line’s sponsorship of the Canadian film fest end after this year’s edition owing to alleged animal rights abuses during the making of the puffy jackets.

Anderson pointedly asks Bailey to no longer take Canada Goose’s “blood money” as a festival sponsor. “As a proud Canadian who has been active with PETA since my days on Baywatch, I’m saddened to learn that TIFF continues to partner with Canada Goose, which sells real fur and down,” Anderson wrote in the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The global retailer sponsors the annual $30,000 Canada Goose Award for best Canadian feature film, which is handed out during prize-giving on the final day of the fest, which is set to run Thursday through Sept. 15.

The festival in a statement took no direct view on how Canada Goose acquires its fur and down for its puffy jackets, while adding, “From TIFF’s perspective, CG is abiding by all applicable Canadian laws and continues to support Canadian and international filmmakers through a wide variety of sponsorships and investments.”

Canada Goose in a statement criticized PETA for continuing to misrepresent via Anderson and other celebrity representatives how the global retailer makes its puffy jackets: “We are disappointed that PETA continues to grossly misinform their celebrity spokespeople about our use and sourcing of fur and down and we would encourage them to do their research first and not misrepresent the facts. This scripted rhetoric continues to attempt to mislead consumers, while we remain committed to the responsible use and ethical sourcing of all materials in our products, as evidenced by our transparency standards.”

Anderson and PETA have partnered before to protest coyotes being trapped to give Canada Goose jackets a fur-trimmed hood. Anderson, a longtime animal rights activist, in July 2015 wrote an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin asking him to save endangered fin whales.

“I admire TIFF’s dedication to promoting gender equality in the film industry with the Share Her Journey initiative, and I hope you’ll take another progressive step to end injustice by refusing Canada Goose’s blood money,” she added in her letter to TIFF.

The Berlin International Film Festival ended its sponsorship contract with Canada Goose and its down-filled coats after its 2016 edition.

Pamela Anderson’s letter to Bailey is below.

Dear Mr. Bailey, As a proud Canadian who has been active with PETA since my days on Baywatch, I’m saddened to learn that TIFF continues to partner with Canada Goose, which sells real fur and down. I admire TIFF’s dedication to promoting gender equality in the film industry with the “Share Her Journey” initiative, and I hope you’ll take another progressive step to end injustice by refusing Canada Goose’s blood money.

Canada Goose’s “standards” allow for coyotes to suffer for days in steel traps with a broken or bleeding leg before the trapper returns to shoot or bludgeon them to death, and the company’s jackets are stuffed with the down feathers of birds who died violently. In the down industry, birds end up at the slaughterhouse, where they’re immobilized, their throats are slit, and their bodies are scalded in defeathering tanks.

Canada Goose recently removed some misleading claims of “ethical” sourcing from its website following a PETA complaint to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the agency’s subsequent investigation. So many innovative vegan materials can be used instead, and now, hundreds of fashion companies — including Chanel, Gucci, Michael Kors, The North Face, and Versace — keep fur out of their lines.

But instead of making the switch, Canada Goose is seemingly trying to hide exactly how coyotes and birds are killed for its products. TIFF has rightfully taken its place in world cinema and can afford to be selective in its sponsorships. I urge you to make this year the last one in which you have Canada Goose as a sponsor, just as the Berlin International Film Festival cut ties with the company in 2017. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Pamela Anderson

source: hollywoodreporter.com

Read more: http://pamanderson.proboards.com/thread/9229/urges-toronto-canada#ixzz5yrdaQIbb

Pam calls on Alberta premier to end chuckwagon races

CALGARY — Canadian-born actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson has renewed her call for an end to chuckwagon races.

Anderson has sent a letter to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his agriculture minister urging them to stop the popular rodeo event.

“After recently moving back to my beautiful native Canada, my heart sank as I read about six horses who died in this year’s chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. I urge you to direct the Stampede to ban these deadly races,” writes Anderson.

“Please use your authority to end chuckwagon racing before more horses die.”

The races are a nightly spectacle during the Stampede. Crowds watch as horse-drawn wagons accompanied by outriders thunder around a dirt track.

Anderson is an honorary director with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. About 20 of the group’s members gathered in front of the Alberta legislature last week to call for an end to the sport.

More than 70 horses have died in the event since 1986.

Anderson, best known as one of the swimsuit-clad lifegaurds in “Baywatch” in the 1990s and as a model for Playboy, wrote a similar letter to another Alberta premier in 2012. She asked Alison Redford to use her influence to persuade Stampede organizers to “end these spectacles.”

Anderson said in that letter that she was ashamed the races were allowed to continue even as horses died.

The Calgary Stampede has said it will thoroughly review chuckwagon safety after the fatalities this year — the deadliest in nearly a decade.

“The Stampede’s commitment to the safety of animals and the conditions of their participation in our events is paramount to our values and brand integrity,” said a statement at the close of the rodeo earlier this month.

The Stampede tightened safety rules for the races in recent years, but Anderson says in her latest letter that it obviously wasn’t enough.

“More than a dozen horses have died since then, because these races are inherently cruel and dangerous,” she writes.

“This cruelty and indifference do not represent the Canada I know and love.”

The Agriculture Department said last week that it is confident the Stampede’s review of the latest horse deaths will address how best to bring in measures to improve safety and animal care.

Read more: http://pamanderson.proboards.com/thread/9217/calls-alberta-premier-chuckwagon-races#ixzz5uteUtNrj

Pamela Anderson attends BC Green Party town hall in Nanaimo

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Pamela Anderson made a stop in Nanaimo Wednesday night to attend the BC Green Party town hall meeting.

The former Baywatch star and longtime activist, who was born in Ladysmith, attended the meeting with representatives from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The topic of open-net fish farms in migratory routes was brought up during the meeting. The BC Green Party wants to eliminate open net-pen fish farm tenures to protect wild salmon habitats.

During the town hall, Anderson met with Nanaimo-Ladysmith Green MP Paul Manly who was also in attendance.

The federal Green Party wants to phase out existing open-ocean net-cage fish farms and place a moratorium on new open-ocean net-pen salmon farms.

Manly previously worked with Anderson in 2010 on a video campaign against Kinder Morgan.

source: cheknews.ca

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