World-renowned actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson sent a letter to the Russian Embassy on Monday requesting a personal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin or Sergei Donskoi, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment for the Russian Federation, in the hope of forging a constructive relationship on behalf of her Foundation with the Russian government regarding issues concerning wildlife, animals and the environment.
The request comes on the heels of a letter she sent to Putin on July 5th asking him to take measures to prevent the passage of the St. Kitt’s-registered cargo vessel Winter Bay through the Northeast Passage to Japan. The vessel, still in port in Norway and awaiting permission to make the crossing to Japan, is carrying an illegal cargo of 1,700 tonnes (approximately 1,800 tons) of endangered fin whale meat from Iceland. Because the illegal cargo violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Icelandic shipment could not be sent via the Panama or Suez Canal and the ship could not stop in any European, North American, South American or African ports.
In the July 13th letter, the Canadian-born actress praised the Russian government for its compassionate stance on the Canadian seal slaughter issue, stating: “Russia was very instrumental in helping to remove the demand for seal pelts from Canada, where so many seal pups are slaughtered each year. Because of Russia’s intervention on behalf of the seals, I have come to appreciate just how effective Russia can be in addressing these issues that I am so very concerned with.”
She added: “I think there is much that we can do together to make this a better world for all our children tomorrow.”
Anderson has been called the “American Brigitte Bardot,” not only because of her stunning beauty but also for her heartfelt compassion for all living creatures, two traits which she shares with the legendary French actress. Like Bardot’s Brigitte Bardot Foundation, Anderson has her own non-profit, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, which supports organizations and individuals that stand on the front lines in the protection of human, animal, and environmental rights. By funding the efforts of those who defend the planet and all who live within it, the Pamela Anderson Foundation is an agent of change and an advocate for justice.
“Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supports the efforts of Pamela Anderson and the Pamela Anderson Foundation in their efforts to better our world for future generations,” said Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson.
“Pamela Anderson is a prominent and passionate ally for the voiceless on our planet,” said Watson. “Her heart is purely and singularly focused on making our world a better place for every living being.”
President Putin and the Russian Federation have the power to do the right thing for countless species of wildlife and our environment. All it takes is one simple meeting to set the wheels in motion.
Below is the English text of the letter sent by Pamela Anderson to the Russian Embassy requesting a meeting: