Tue Apr 12, 2011
-- Former "Baywatch" star and animal
activist Pamela Anderson has called on China to join other countries in
banning imports of seal meat and oil from her native Canada, calling
Anderson sent a letter to China's minister of
land and resources, Xu Shaoshi, inviting him to accompany her to Canada to
witness the "cruelty of the annual seal slaughter".
allow China to become a dumping ground for seal meat and oil products that
even Canadians don't want," the letter said.
Canada and China reached
an agreement earlier this year on Chinese imports of seal meat and oil after
the European Union banned seal products following an activist outcry over
Dozens of Chinese animal rights groups hit
out at Canada in January over that deal, accusing it of turning China into a
"dumping ground" for seal products.
In her letter to Xu, released Tuesday
by the animal rights group PETA, Anderson said many of the seals, some just
months old and unable to escape, were bludgeoned to death with clubs that
have sharp spikes mounted on them.
"If you witnessed this massacre, I'm
sure that you'd have a change of heart about importing seal products into
China," the letter said.
The Canadian government maintains that the
350-year-old commercial seal hunt is humane and crucial for some 6,000 North
Atlantic fishermen who rely on it for up to 35 percent of their total annual
Animal rights groups, however, say it is barbaric, and have
waged an aggressive campaign in recent years to stop it.
buxom Canadian sex symbol who gained fame as a Playboy magazine "playmate"
and then on the US beach-rescue TV series "Baywatch", is a prominent animal
Earlier this year she appealed, though PETA, to
India's top medical institute to retire old monkeys used in scientific
research, and last year called on Israel's ultra-orthodox Jews to abandon
their traditional fur hats.
China is the third-largest importer of
Canadian fish and seafood, behind the United States and European Union.
By authorising seal meat and oil imports, it joined Japan and South
Korea as new markets for Canadian seal products.
had no immediate response to Anderson's appeal.