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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

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Pamela Anderson on being exactly where she wants to be

Baywatch might be celebrating its 30th birthday this year, but for series star Pamela Anderson it seems like it was just yesterday when she was running around in that iconic high-waisted red swimsuit that helped make her a star.

“I didn’t know that,” she replies when asked about the popular TV series’ upcoming anniversary. “Time is an illusion.”

Originally filmed in 35mm, Baywatch is now available in high definition on Amazon Prime Video with 350 brand new songs added to the score to help draw in younger viewers.

The show made the B.C.-born Anderson a household name and turned her, along with co-stars Carmen Electra, Yasmine Bleeth, Nicole Eggert and Erika Eleniak, into overnight stars. It also helped jumpstart the stalled career of David Hasselhoff and saw itself get the big screen treatment with Dwayne Johnson in the lead in 2017.

“Baywatch was the best job in the world,” the former Playboy Playmate says. “It doesn’t feel that long ago.”

In addition to starring as C.J. Parker for five seasons on the long-running show, which at one point was being watched by over a billion people worldwide every week, Anderson went on to star in a big screen adaption of the Dark Horse comic Barb Wire and Scary Movie 3. She continued to fill her resume with appearances on Dancing with the Stars and other reality-TV shows.

Earlier this year, she popped up alongside her son Brandon Thomas Lee in The Hills: New Beginnings.

Of course there have been high-profile romances — to Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and Kid Rock — and a rumoured dalliance with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. There was also a bad split with soccer star Adil Rami that ended in accusations of abuse earlier this year. But at 52, the outspoken animal rights activist, who landed her first Vogue magazine cover in June, is exactly where she wants to be.

Below, the mother-of-two, who shares sons Brandon, 22, and Dylan, 21, with ex-husband Tommy Lee, shared lessons she has learned during her three decades in the public eye.

You were discovered in 1989 at a B.C. Lions game when you were spotted in a Labatt T-shirt. Was that the T-shirt that changed your life?

I believe in destiny.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what three movies and what three albums would you want to keep you company?

I guess I’d rather take a stack of books and my dog.

Superhero movies are all the rage. Are you more a Marvel fan or DC fan?

I don’t know what that even means. I was a friend and a subject of Stan Lee — that was an honour. He was a true visionary. Although (the adult animated comedy series) Stripperella may not have been his finest work.

You’ve been on the cover of Playboy more than any other model and you first appeared in 1989. How important was that in your career?

Playboy was my university. It’s where I learned about art and philanthropy. (Playboy founder) Hugh Hefner was a big influence (on my life). But he was also a pioneer and a human and civil rights activist. I believe in living your fantasy and doing good in the world.

What was your most memorable celebrity encounter?

None — people are people. I’ve met amazing people, celebrity or not. It’s a funny world. People that like celebrities, I guess I’ve never been one of them, but to meet people one on one is interesting. It connects us. Human connection is a lost art.

You are known for speaking out on animal rights issues. How did this cause become one so close to your heart?

I relate to vulnerability and I love animals. They don’t lie and we can learn a lot from them.

You are very political and have political opinions. People probably ask you all the time about Donald Trump. I want to know what you think of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?

I think less and less of Mr. Trump. He’s not on my radar. I think Mr. Trudeau has a great opportunity. He could be the hero we need in the world. But he needs to be strong enough and not subservient to the U.S. He also needs to make the climate crisis top priority. A world leader must take this role. How cool would it be if it’s Canada?

What was the best advice you ever got?

Be yourself. Humans aren’t perfect. That’s the sexiest part. You have to be brave to be in love — you have to be brave to get off the couch.

Along with that, what’s the worst advice you ever got?

To do something for money or for fame that meant going against things I believed in.

What would young Pamela think of where she ended up?

I think I’m exactly where I need to be. I’ve come full circle. It’s a miracle I made it back alive. Back to my roots on Vancouver Island, where I grew up. It’s the most beautiful place on Earth and Canadians are truly the coolest people I know.

Last question — is it better to take the road less traveled or the well-worn terrain where lots of people have tread before?

Blaze your own path.

source: torontosun.com

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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.

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