Pamela Anderson asks Israeli PM to endorse fur ban
Pamela Anderson attempts to deliver a letter with a million-dollar cheque to end the annual commercial seal hunt to the office of the Canadian Sealers Association in St. John's, N.L., Tuesday, Dec.17, 2013. (Paul Daly / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:42AM EST
JERUSALEM -- Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson is asking Israel's prime minister to endorse a bill banning the sale of clothes made of animal fur.
Fresh off a honeymoon in Israel, Anderson sent a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday urging him to support the legislation. If passed, it would make Israel the first country in the world to impose a national fur clothing ban.
More than 40 lawmakers have endorsed the bill, promoted by the Israel-based International Anti-Fur Coalition. Netanyahu previously has expressed views sympathetic with the animal rights movement.
In her letter, Anderson said the way animals "suffer and die for fur violates Jewish principles." She added that by passing the bill, "Israel would set an example of compassion for the rest of the world to follow."