Pamela Anderson, Canada’s sexiest star, has written to Justin Trudeau, arguably Canada’s sexiest prime minister, to ask for an end to government subsidies for the controversial commercial seal hunt.
The former Baywatch actress and animal rights activist wants the recently-elected prime minister to put a stop to the federal government’s history of pouring “millions of tax dollars into propping up this dying industry.”
“The money could be much more wisely spent promoting other Canadian businesses with a brighter future that would make the world see us as the sophisticated, enlightened modern country that we want to be,” she wrote, adding that she would like to meet with the Liberal Party leader.
The seal hunt has been hugely divisive issue in Canada – and around the world, as nations ban imports of Canadian seal skin and associated products.
The letter is posted the Pamela Anderson Foundation website and reads:
“February 29, 2016
His Excellency Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada
Congratulations on your new role as prime minister. I admire your progressive views on LGBT rights and your compassionate stance on the Syrian refugee crisis. I also commend you for naming a gender-balanced Cabinet, as you said, “Because it’s 2015.” There’s another issue that has sullied Canada at home and abroad for years, which I hope you’ll address: wasteful government bailouts of the nearly extinct East Coast commercial seal trade. As a concerned Canadian and as an honorary director of PETA, which has more than 280,000 members and supporters in Canada, I’d like to meet with you in person to discuss this issue.
All major markets have rejected seal products: The U.S., the European Union, and Russia have all banned seal-fur imports because of animal-welfare concerns. Former Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea admitted that China has said no to seal meat despite years of marketing efforts to create a demand there. World leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, have expressed opposition to the industry, and even local sentiment is changing, as this editorial shows. Still, the government pours millions of tax dollars into propping up this dying industry, which has long cost Canada more money to support than it brings in.
I urge you to usher in a new era of fiscal responsibility and kindness by ending federal subsidies of the commercial seal slaughter, as Norway recently did. This tiny off-season trade makes up less than 1 percent of Newfoundland’s economy. Might you be available to discuss cutting or phasing out subsidies to this controversial, faded off-season trade? The money could be much more wisely spent promoting other Canadian businesses with a brighter future that would make the world see us as the sophisticated, enlightened modern country that we want to be. I hope to hear that you will be available in the coming weeks to discuss this important issue in a more official setting.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
The previous, and long-running, Conservative government had stood firmly behind the seal hunt.
Trudeau, who was elected last October with a massive majority, has not yet publicly responded to the letter.
But Trudeau took heat from some animal welfare advocates early in his mandate.
His office posted some charming family photos on Halloween in Star Wars-themed costumes. While some folks were upset with the coyote-fur trim on Trudeau’s Canada Goose parka, others defended his choice to wear fur.