Pamela Anderson urges ban on animal testing in India

Former Baywatch star and Bigg Boss star Pamela Anderson has written to the Indian Health Ministry calling for a ban on animal testing.

Anderson was delighted to learn that after banning the testing of cosmetics and their ingredients on animals, India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is now considering amending The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, to include a ban on the import and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals anywhere in the world.

Anderson then wrote to Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to urge him to extend the animal-testing ban.

In her letter, Anderson writes, "Please resist special interests and 'dinosaur' companies who still test in crude and cruel ways and do the right, kind thing. Please pass the proposed ban on the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals without delay".

If introduced into The Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, the new rule could state, "135-B. Import of cosmetics tested on animals prohibited.—No cosmetic tested on animals shall be imported".
 
A decision to ban the import and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients have been tested on animals would bring India in line with Israel and the European Union, which have already passed similar bans.

"The European Union and Israel have already banned the marketing and sale of cosmetics if they or their ingredients were tested on animals, and more than 1,400 companies around the world have also banned all animal tests in favour of modern, non-animal and human-relevant test methods", writes Anderson.

"They no longer drip substances into rabbits' eyes, smear them onto guinea pigs' abraded skin, spray them into dogs' and monkeys' faces, and force them down animals' throats, the thought of which makes me sick."

After learning about the issue from PETA India, many other stars – including Raveena Tandon-Thadani, Jacqueline Fernandez, Dia Mirza, R Madhavan, Rahul Khanna, Sunny Leone, Pooja Bhatt, Lara Dutta, Trisha Krishnan, Dino Morea and Esha Deol-Takhtani – petitioned India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in support of a sale ban on cosmetics and household products tested on animals.

This is not the first time that Anderson has spoken up for animals.

Among dozens of international actions over the years, she recently supported PETA India's successful campaign to free the chained temple elephant Sunder, who now lives in a spacious elephant park.

While she was in India filming Bigg Boss, Anderson adopted a desi dog she named Pyari.

The long-time vegan also wrote to then-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2010 and asked him to help the cows who are abused and slaughtered in the gruesome leather trade.

 http://www.petaindia.com/

Sea Shepherd¹s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign

I have traveled to the beautiful Faroe Islands today to publicly oppose the needless killing of intelligent, sentient pilot whales and other dolphins and to support Sea Shepherd¹s Operation GrindStop 2014 campaign.

It is important to understand we are NOT AGAINST the Faroese. WE ARE FOR the whales and dolphins. We are their voice. But the eyes of the world are upon the Faroese today and it is now time to end this archaic abomination called the Grind. I support Sea Shepherd¹s efforts to end this cruel and ruthless massacre of defenseless whales and dolphins who are highly intelligent and so much like us. They have families like we do, they love them and care for them like we do, they have their own language and individual names for one another like we do, and a very complex social structure like we do.

The killing is a stain on this pristine country which no longer needs the meat of these animals to survive. When we know better, we do better. And we now know that these are sentient creatures who suffer greatly not only during the slaughter but during the very stressful drive itself. They are very socially complex animals and their entire families are being killed in front of them in a manner that would never be permitted in any slaughterhouse in the world. In addition, the meat of these animals is tainted with toxic contaminants including mercury, which is particularly harmful to pregnant women and young children.

I am fortunate to have some of my family with me today. They are surfers. What a beautiful eco-tourism destination these islands would make if only you would bring the grind to a halt. But until then the waters remain tainted with blood, staining the reputation of the Faroese. The time has come to stop the grind.

OPERATION GRINDSTOP 2014 - Faroe Islands


TALKING POINTS
THE GRIND
As many as 1,000 long-finned pilot whales are brutally killed in the Faroe Islands each year. Other cetaceans such as dolphins may be slaughtered as well, but pilot whales are the main targets.
The killing occurs mainly during the summer months during communal hunts that locals refer to as "grindadráp" or simply, “the grind,” but more accurately this practice should be called what it truly is - mass slaughter.
The pilot whale grind is similar to the annual dolphin drive hunt slaughter in Taiji, Japan,documented in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. The similarities between these brutal hunts have made the Faroe Islands known to many as “The Taiji of the North”. The main difference, and the challenge for Sea Shepherd, is that there are at least 23 different coves in the Faroes where a grind could potentially take place, as opposed to
one main killing cove in Taiji.
The majority of North Atlantic cetaceans give birth to their calves in the warm waters of the equator before migrating past the Faroe Islands to feed in the nutrient rich waters of Svalbard and the Arctic. Long-finned pilot whales pass by the North Atlantic Islands while pursuing squid, their main source of food.
Recorded first as early as 1586, the Faroese developed a method of whaling that involves stranding pods of small cetaceans on certain designated beaches. When a pod of cetaceans, primarily long- and short-finned pilot whales (bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white-beaked dolphins, Atlantic white-sided dolphins and harbor porpoises can also be taken) are spotted offshore, the grind, or whale slaughter, commences.
Small boats herd the cetaceans towards a low-lying shore. As the pod approaches land,the boats continue to harass and frighten the mammals until they’re washed up on shore.
Once beached, a knife is used to cut through the veins and arteries that supply blood to the pilot whales head. Some pilot whales suffer for as much as 30 seconds while others can take several minutes to die.
Those pilot whales that do not wash ashore have a gaff hook beaten into their blowhole and are then pulled ashore by rope.
The whale meat is divided up among the locals, although many times the whale meat is simply left to rot on the beach.
SEA SHEPHERD IN THE FAROES
Operation GrindStop 2014 is Sea Shepherd’s largest, most wide-ranging and longest campaign in the Faroes to date.
The goal of this campaign is to maintain a constant presence during the peak killing months of the grind season in the Faroes to document and obstruct grinds from taking place. Sea Shepherd will remain in the Faroe Islands until October 1.
Sea Shepherd crew members are patrolling both land and sea, as onshore and offshore teams monitor the coves and waters for any sign of grind readiness.
Should a grind commence, Sea Shepherd will intervene, when at all possible, to prevent the unnecessary and cruel slaughter of such precious marine wildlife.
This campaign follows a similar strategy to the Operation Infinite Patience campaign in Taiji, which has been successful in reducing the number of dolphins killed, at times by as much as half, because of the ongoing presence there of Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians.
In 2010, Sea Shepherd sent an undercover operative to the Faroe Islands to document and expose the grind. The operation yielded shocking images of hundreds of slaughtered pilot whales – including pregnant females, infants and unborn calves – which made
international headlines, exposing the brutality of the grind.
During the Operation Ferocious Isles campaign in 2011, not a single whale was killed while Sea Shepherd patrolled the Islands.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been the leading opposition against the slaughter of pilot whales in the Danish Faroe Islands.
Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson has led campaigns to oppose the hunt in 1985, 1986, 2000, and again in 2011.
Sea Shepherd was also successful in convincing 20,000 stores in two grocery chains in Germany to boycott Faroese fish products.
Sea Shepherd's efforts against the Faroese grind are documented in the BBC documentary “Black Harvest.”
QUESTION OF LEGALITY
The long-finned pilot whale is listed in Appendix II of Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), meaning that the International Union for Conservation of Nature has determined that although the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, it may become so
unless hunting is closely controlled. With a wide range of threats to populations, from military sonar to entanglement in fishing gear, it is believed that populations could face a reduction of 30% over three generations.
Therefore, the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats classifies the long-finned pilot whale as “strictly protected” under Appendix II.
While the Faroe Islands are not a member of the European Union, they remain a Danish Protectorate. In other words, even though the Faroes are self-governing, Denmark controls the police, defense, foreign policy, and the currency.
The primary reason for the Faroes abstaining from joining the EU was in an effort to prevent the EU from meddling in their fishing policies. The slaughter of cetaceans is illegal within the European Union.
HEALTH ISSUES
North Atlantic pilot whales, because of their position in the food chain as an apex predator, are poisoned by large amounts of environmental pollutants. Meat resulting from the grind contains high amounts of arsenic, cadmium, zinc, lead, copper mercury, and
selenium.
In 2008, the chief medical officers of the Islands, Pal Weihe and Hogni Joensen, declared that pilot whale meat contains too much mercury and other contaminants to be safe for human consumption. Children and pregnant women in particular have been warned not to
eat the meat. Mercury poisoning has been found among Islanders resulting in “damage to fetal neural development, high blood pressure, and impaired immunity in children, as well as increased rates of Parkinson’s disease, circulatory problems and possibly
infertility in adults.”

http://www.seashepherd.org/grindstop/

60th Taormina Film Festival

Thank you Tiziana / thank you Taormina- I am so pleased to accept an award on behalf of my own foundation.
I am honored that the work we've done to date merits such a flattering mention.
I have been an activist most my life. The entertainment industry has given me the opportunity to have a voice which I am truly grateful for.
The Pamela Anderson Foundation Embodies everything I am. So hope that leaves you smiling. I will work endlessly supporting those on the front lines - the hard workers,  the warriors - the angels -the goddesses/
Empowering the women of our time -
with Empathy
And love. I promise you-
I have unique ideas.
To reach in unsuspecting places.
To make a difference for the vulnerable.
Let's share our stories.- through personal conversations , through movies, and art.
Let's not be quick to judge each other. You never know where someone has been.
I have a wish- Maybe,
I will see you again.
Recognized as an Artist.- maybe an accomplished international Actress?
We can all dream big.
Thank you.
Ti amo Taormina.

x

Hello Everyone,

Part 1
Hello Everyone,
Sorry about the venue change -
But I think I like this better. La plage gold - blonde beach?
It's meant to be.
This is going to be good. The start of another crazy adventure-
Welcome-  to the next chapter of my life...
I am so happy to finally launch PAF -The Pamela Anderson Foundation -strange reading your own name out loud. Even stranger
that I feel now - might be the time to reveal some of my most painful memories.
At the risk of over exposing myself...again
possibly being inappropriate...again.
I thought I might share with you- events that
In surviving -drove me to this point...right now.
I did not have an easy childhood--
Despite loving parents-
I was molested from age 6-10 by my female babysitter-
I went to a friends boyfriends house - while she was busy. The boyfriends older brother decided he would teach me backgammon which led into a back massage which led into rape- my first heterosexual experience. He was 25 yrs old- I was 12-
My first boyfriend
in grade 9  decided it would be funny to gang rape me
(with 6 of his friends)
Needless to say I had a hard time trusting humans-
I just wanted off this earth.
My parents tried to keep me safe- but to me - the world was not a safe place - my dad - an alcoholic- my mom worked 2 jobs waitressing --
my mom was always crying--
Dad didn't always come home leaving us in tremendous pain
and worry.
I couldn't bare to give her any more disruptive information.
I couldn't break her heart any more than it was breaking.
I kept these events to myself -
Sometimes when you smile,
it's not because your happy. It's because your strong. (Her words)
My affinity with animals
Saved me- they came to me naturally.
The trees spoke to me.
I wasn't sure why I was alive.
A burning question -
a quest -
My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom- I vowed to protect them and only them- I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean. My only real friends -till I had children.
Then I realized humanity is suffering..
Our children are born perfect.
We were all struggling with right and wrong -and why?
Baywatch was a turning point for me. Reluctantly famous (in over 150 countries)  I tried to make sense of my place on earth. I started to realize - while being interviewed endlessly about silly things. That I had a Voice!!!
I contacted PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals)
I asked them for information to share in these interviews about any animal issue in that country. Dan Mathews Vice President of PETA and I -
became Partners in Crime.
We have endless stories. -
Too many to mention here-
We have changed animal welfare laws all over the world -
And - over the last 20 years
I've spoken to press, parliament, presidents, kings, queens,
I've had the ear and admiration of people like Castro,
and... Crazy enough-  Putin?
There must be away to use this for good. Hmmm. Well,
Russia stopped the importation of seal products - which closed 90 percent of the market.
I know what I'm good at-
I'm brilliant at connecting people. --Communicating,
l live a sensual life.
Sensitive and rewarding.
This is the platform I will use.
Compassion. LOVE-
Now tonight-
I chose backgammon for a few reasons - I love gambling ~gamblers-- It can be an elegant thought provoking game--
And- it gets peoples off their cell phone ...
...Human interaction.
Among interesting people.
Maybe - something good will be born here. A connection.
...Relationships made.
Speaking of gamblers.
I wanted to thank my husband for being my angel.
My biggest donor?
The only man (besides my boys) that I trust. (I've always trusted him).
His word means something.
He would never let me down-
Maybe- only himself.
He says - His way of helping the world to be a better place -
is caring for me- protecting me - making me happy.
I am so proud of him -
He has come a Long way-

I love you Brandon, Hunter. Thank you for being here-
My little family.
Thank you for being a part
of this misfits revolution.
I hope to help alleviate
some of the suffering in the world.
And ...
be a good example to those around me--
Where ever I am.
Now
Please sign up for the tournament.
Good luck.

Part 2
Hope everyone is having a good time. Thank you again for being here. Now~
I am thrilled to introduce a woman who has had a brilliant - meaningful impact on the planet. In so many ways.
A kindred spirit.
Comrade in arms.
Freedom Fighter.
We met while fighting for Leonard Peltier's release. And  - the rest unfolded naturally. She told me "she didn't have to draw me a map"?-  We have become great friends and have similar passions-
Please join me - (take notes I always do.) In welcoming the goddess of Justice, art, culture,
all good things for the planet,
the infamous
Vivienne Westwood.

Part 3

It has been a pleasure -
I'm so happy with the result of tonight
And- this is just the beginning.
More fun, interesting, bonding events to come.
We have raised 100s of thousands of dollars.
.. Thank you.
I will go to work now.
Very Exciting.
And- Please
Check out
Vivienne Westwood's Active Resistance blog...(on line)
Maybe instead of watching internet porn,
Kiss your wife,
know where your children are.
Embrace intimacy.
Don't be afraid.
Go to a museum,
Think positive thoughts.
The world can be a safe and thriving place, If we all do our part - find a cause you believe in.
Support us - so we can support those on the front lines.
My foundation is dedicated to doing just that.
Thank you for your support,
your donations,
Thank you -thank you -thank you.
Tread lightly on this earth.
And -chew with your mouth closed please
Goodnight every one...

 

Haiti

Notes and video from trip-
My Brother Gerry (filmmaker) and I learning a lot-
I fund-raise a lot for Haiti
This was my 2nd trip there.
This time focusing on environmental concerns-
Visited Agro forestry school-
With a few strategic and critical NGO’s -
(Those who can and are making a difference – CF, JPHRO, INGA)
Agriculture and reforestation are top issues.
With Inga Foundation’s Mike Hands- tropical ecologist from Cambridge -
Who- has had great success in Honduras (and did years of study in Costa Rica. Alternatives to slash and burn)
Inga can act As “nurse” to rainforest trees–And used in alley cropping.
Long term idea.
10 year programme
Haiti is in need of reforestation, which will help with ground integrity, planting in “rainforest environment” growing quickly- sturdy- creating canopy. Then prune for firewood. Discouraging farmers from slash and burn – it will be an essential part of what people need.
Inga is a great source for all these  issues -
We made a lot of stops over the few days.
I keep looking for surf spots. A surf contest/fundraiser would be a good idea. And -surfers are easy to house- will enjoy the adventure and the ability to help-
It was very nice to revisit JPHRO after I was there 2 years ago.
(I brought cold beer for the volunteers )
This time-
We felt more comfortable not filming tent camp area/families … I didn’t want to be intrusive- for more information please visit www.JPHRO.org to see all their great work.
We had a nice long tour and were amazed at how far they have come.
Great people – hard working – intelligent efforts.
Re housing most of the Tent camp families. Finding ways to rebuild and remove rubble in hardest hit areas.
They have cleared roads , built medical facilities, rebuilt schools,
I was so proud to see familiar faces. A lot of hugs in order.
I remember a much different place. I’m amazed how many young people- How many Haitians working hard for the organization and in the field -all focused. A common goal. They are succeeding. They have become the Model to follow.
Good to see.
We visited a vitiver factory
vitiver can be a popular export. Also the waste from vitiver is good for eco- briquettes-(a possibility)
I love the Amazing Haitian Mangoes, coffee, Beer…
Tomatoes..peppers,
Soul of Haiti is helping to teach good business practices, local farming. They say all Hatians are entrepreneurs- Selling produce is important and community building.
ORE was our last Agricultural visit.
Moussant and Allesant (agroforesters)
Have been at this issue for a long time –trying to reforest areas of national park. But having to deal with so many other issues- You can tell its been difficult. Uphill battle. People cutting into park for firewood. Survival–. (Inga will provide people firewood)
Great long meeting–Lots of smiles- everyone felt encouraged.
Mike and Moussant really hit it off. Inga will be very useful here.
-it all makes sense.

The trip was very successful.

Grace children’s hospital and Mother Theresa Orphanage are in  a transitionary phase.
But are managing.
Lets hope enough funds are raised to rebuild the Hospital -safely.

I have fallen in love with Haiti. Its an inspiring place.
We all may face
a time -where survival and instinct will be what defines us -Helping each other now. Teaches us that no matter what- There is always hope.

FABRICATED OR OTHERWISE, THE UNIVERSE KNOWS

Flaunt Magazine

WRITTEN BY PAMELA ANDERSON
Image de-fabrication? With closed eyes and a deep breath—I can feel the hot honey pouring down on me, perched delicately, I take the stand—golden—and liquid—in gentle sunlight—we walk on soft metal—leaving an imprint- awareness—Society is full of delusion—I worry about the sick capitalist economic system—corrupting the planet—Causing Climate Change—We have to turn it around for our kids—and think deep into the future- for generations who deserve a beautiful existence. A blending of worldly needs—The world is so small.
My latest fixation—Tropical Classical—I love literature—Fusion between worlds—a diverse understanding—poetic-realness—not black and white—joined—no war—no competitiveness. Consciousness. Worried and Nauseated by psycho—world of Reality TV, celebrity—too much access, hi-def, Video Games—violent movies-crazy gun culture—dulling our senses-blinding us—literally—we are becoming more sick, more pornographic—less healthy and sensual—we have lost touch with the basis of life—LOVE—to care for one another—such unbalanced wealth—greed—Poverty, living extremes—even the weather-repercussions-unhappy people-why are people fighting universal healthcare?
An “American” unhealthy sense of entitlement—only the rich survive—We need a simple flat tax. And an incredible free education system (like Finland)... I’m guilty of falling for the American dream—(believing it was better) being from a small town in Canada—modest upbringing—All I ever wanted was to build a home-own something—put my ideas into something concrete—a metaphor—dignity?
Hollywood came by surprise—I did not even know it existed—until I fell into it—posed for Playboy—I did so I could help my family—I still love Playboy for that—my parents have a home, no bills, a reliable car and great Canadian healthcare—(a relief) that was a priority—then I created a life for me—it became something that didn’t suit me—sex, drugs, rock’n’roll. Years of decadence—then—with and without a husband—without guidance—I was bamboozled, taken advantage of—wild and unrestrained—I was naive—life led me by the hand at times, instead of me leading it—I did this to myself—no blame—no regrets—it’s been an exciting journey—I’ve lived far beyond my reach—causing stress and hardship.
I’ve gone off the deep end on numerous occasions—I have felt I was mad—crazy—out of control—Been easily swayed—I found myself underwater—trying to pay back taxes—was left with a house half built and a construction lawsuit—I let it all get away from me, while I drowned financial worries with partying—it just kicked the can down the road—I was determined to solve this—(not go bankrupt)—worry about my liver later (Hep C)—Pay my bills by myself—(without help) scaring off any man who loved me and wanted to take care of me—like a little girl—I stomped my feet and wanted to fix everything MYSELF—determined.
My heart and soul are completely devoted to my children—I have struggled in the shadows—not alarming my kids—just handling business—I am a good mom... as for charity (I work tirelessly connecting people)—I’m about to launch the Pamela Anderson Foundation. Which will encompass all my charitable passions—
I have a good trick—when things get too much, I go on my 100 day plan—a time of concerted effort—Pilates, no alcohol, being around healthy people—I dream clearly, write like a maniac—I call it my unstoppable madness time, I obsess on issues I want to resolve until they are resolved! (no wonder I’ve self medicated—my mind is full of fantasy, mythology—constant projects) without direction-nothing gets done. Just a lot of ideas—that I eventually forget—I am most successful during a time like this. The flood gates open—and I am blessed—I’m in liver recovery—I’ve fallen undeniably in love and am inspired by a great man—a muse I can’t shake—Even if he remains just a muse—I am determined—to show him and all mankind my ability to make a difference—be the best I can be—be useful—intelligent—somehow help unravel the depths of this unreasonable pillaging of nature—
Where do I fit in? Please no more reality shows—(I’m grateful to know how to skate and dance now)—but come on—it was like sticking hot needles in my eyes—to endure the humiliation—is this really entertaining? I used the money to pay lawsuits, bills—so fixated on solving a financial issue—But—completely out of character—I sold my soul to save my beautiful home—I took the advice of David LaChapelle—we made a deal—Say YES to everything!—Everything is pop art—he told me I’m not cheesy so—whatever I do can’t be cheesy—we are a lot of like—soul mates—scared, fragile—in need of financial security—a home is extremely important to us—a home base to feel connected to—
We come from hardships, we’ve suffered and paid dues. I’ve worked hard—been sued many times—easy-target—I’ve had to settle many lawsuits—I took some strange turns—I felt out of my element in L.A.—and always wanted to go home—Home—I gave most my resources to charity, my family and friends in need—I am in early stages—creeping along, slowly—but creating an artist retreat in Canada—where I grew up—something my parents can be a part of—a place for them to live out their years—
I get asked on occasion to design hotels, spas, residences—in a free-spirited, artsy fun way—I can see me doing this—and—creating a sensual line of furniture, bedding, products to make you feel safe—adored, and clever—sustainable—living in small spaces-good quality pieces considering Alchemy, and the soul of materials.
As for tax debt (being handled finally, as we speak, which is typing in this case)—The reason I got behind was because I was in the middle of building my house—and a few deals fell through in 2007—I was to build a hotel in Abu Dhabi—and a Hotel in Vegas—both deals fell through due to the market/recession—I was counting on it—I had contracts—I had no idea my tax account had been used to pay a contractor who had gone 3x over budget ...
I didn’t watch closely enough—I couldn’t catch my tail—until now—Simultaneously taking care of my health—what a ride! My home is the Catalyst to the next part of my Career—good quality—conscious choices—I may end up in my TEEPEE on the North Shore, Hawaii—figuring out something Bohemian and simple where the boys can surf and enjoy simplicity—I’ll live mostly in Europe, a little stone house, with a clothes line of white sheets, flower dresses and board shorts—in a field of lavender next to a surfing beach—I have experienced more lust than love—men are rough with me—I hope that changes with time—I’ve created an image even I don’t understand—and invites a strange and enthusiastic attachment—
Remember—I am an angel at your feet—I float next to you whispering in your ear, softly kissing your neck - leaving salt on my lips- I play favorites with a sweet rambling tongue—I write poetry—I love to love—tormented—I may get back to a TV series—a good film project? a Vegas Cabaret? I feel ready—the next chapter—my kids are old enough now—they want me to succeed— :)
Reading Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet—I’m an art Collector—With an innocent crush on Ed Ruscha—All I need to survive is a creative project, a powerful man to respect and adore, an eccentric companion—I am creating a life for my beautiful boys to learn security, independence, have self worth- and the best education I can provide them—they are and should be rebellious—it’s important—
I hang by a milky thread—it’s the preferred cliff of existence—poetic—I might not like security—I’ve been accused of that—A battle—Anyone I’ve Loved I’ve Ever Only Love—and I’ve sadly hurt—my wandering mind takes me away—a restless spirit—A lonely island—I come through for who I need to—My family, the guardian of the sea—Paul Watson, Haiti (JPHRO), PETA- my dearest friends, Cool Earth (save the rainforest- giving back to indigenous people to protect) Leonard Peltier-(one of my Heroes), Vivienne Westwood-Goddess of culture and wisdom, My dearest friends David, Luca and Jesus—an untamable force of Art—
I don’t know if I want to be understood—I can’t fight the cartoon image-fueled by a tabloid nasty culture- bullies-cowards behind computers—remember we are all human and flawed—grace, forgiveness—I’ve used whatever I am, fabricated and otherwise, to contribute to society—as twisted as it all seems-the Universe knows.
I want you to know me before it’s too late—before I’ve fallen into the trappings of being “not me”—before I’ve conformed and become a robot—I spend every day—glued to my path—so I can stay here—covered in Hot Honey-walking—dripping—warm...
Always in Love,
Pamela
 

Cambridge Opening Speech

by Pamela Anderson

Hellos, etc.-
You may not know me as an activist. But it is what I do with MOST of my time.

I’m very Excited to be here. It’s overwhelming, flattering. At very least I’m honored to be here with you today.

I’ll tell you a bit about my background. -
How all this started for me- .
I was the one -friends brought the sick dog to or the Bird with a broken wing- there’s usually one person in every neighborhood.
My Aunt and I always were putting food and water out for the feral cats in the neighborhood-I was fascinated.- I felt they spoke a secret language because she was deaf…
My father was a hunter. I grew up in Venison and Moose meat.
One day he told me – “Pamela Do Not Go in the Pump house”- so as any 5yr old tomboy would do I swiftly gathered all my girlfriends in ribbons and curls (added for dramatic effect) and marched straight to the pump house. We opened the door – and there hanging upside down was a dead dear with no head dripping -blood into a bucket. Screams – running. I think I blacked out. But do remember returning the favor- traumatizing my father and his friends learning incredible negotiating skills. Pulling out all the stops-
I convinced all of them to
never to Hunt again- I know my Dad never did anyway-
I learned at that age- speaking up does make a difference.
When I was on Baywatch I was getting a lot of attention worldwide. Press was new to me-I wrote to PETA.
I was bored of talking about boyfriends and boobs.
Dan Mathews and I became fast friends and have traveled around the world- crusading for animal rights attaching whatever issue in whatever country I was in for whatever reason- usually making an appearance – it has given meaning to what I do-
We were able to enact a animal protection law that didn’t exist in Austria. Just recently convinced Vladimir Putin to stop importing seal products from Canada. (Where I am from) The first part of the seal hunt this year – so far has been cancelled.

Dan speaks-

Me – water issue
Water is a global issue -
But where I reside at the moment. In the USA.
50 percent of water used is for the meat industry.
To water crops used to feed animals meant for slaughter
To give water to the animals living waiting for slaughter.
Rivers are diverted to water crops and animals
Once beautiful and pristine rivers are now ugly stinky sewers.
Billions of animals waste eventually seeps into water sources choking off marine life- killing off endangered species and messing with the biodiversity of our waterways and our Oceans- pools of sewage farmers sometimes have to suck up and spray so it evaporates into the air and carried by the wind into neighboring fields and up our noses.

Dan speaks of – UN report

Me-Speaking of transport.
The energy it takes -
Starting with
Clearing Rainforest.
Growing grain (mostly soybean- to protein enrich animals) (better to just eat soy no?)Transporting grain – shipped, trucked to refineries that have their own detrimental effects on the environment. The feed is then shipped (often overseas) – then animals are chopped into pieces. – “Prepared”- They are trucked, shipped overseas and are kept in environmentally unfriendly refrigerated warehouses- before finally bring shipped, trucked to grocery store- then there is the food waste element-
Takes up a lot of energy!

Which leads us to some other hopeful solutions- how to tackle reforestation – replace slash and burn agroforestry – replanting possibilities.
Vivienne Westwood made our introduction. We were in Honduras together and most Recently Haiti- returning a week ago.
I’d like to introduce you to founder of Inga foundation -Cambridge Alumni Mike Hands-

Show Glass Walls Video/Paul McCartney
Take Questions

I didn’t read off any paper/ this was what I wrote before going on-
a little intimidated -but kept close to speech–

–talk went 1/2 hr. over. (7-30-9-30)
- good questions.

More info: Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/study-claims-meat-creates-half-of-all-greenhouse-gases-1812909.html

Dancing with the Stars - Cheek to Cheek (and Tongue-in-Cheek)

The New York Times / Dance / April 20, 2010

By GIA KOURLAS

In the realm of popular culture, there are few more terrifying circumstances than dancing on live television. On an episode of “Dancing With the Stars” this season, Aiden Turner, a chiseled soap-opera actor who was recently voted off the competition, threw up backstage.

The ABC show, which made its debut in the sleepy summer of 2005, is now in its 10th season (it runs on Monday and Tuesday nights) and, remarkably, continues to grow in popularity, even on occasion posting higher ratings than “American Idol.”

That probably has more to do with “Idol” sputtering than with any improvement in “Stars,” with its hoary ballroom competition pairing professional dancers with mainly C-list celebrities. But it might also be related to age: the banal fantasy of turning young people into pop stars is losing its shimmer.

“Dancing With the Stars,” on the other hand, is for grown-ups who know they’re slumming. It’s slightly bawdy, from the showgirl costumes to the way the host Tom Bergeron, with a wicked twinkle, looks as if he were trying not to laugh. Last week he greeted America with, “Welcome to the world of fabric remnants!”

Given that self-mocking approach, dancing on television clearly isn’t about career resuscitation; it’s more about self-improvement. The actress Pamela Anderson, with her uninhibited willingness to go for it, gets that. The professional mother Kate Gosselin, whose excuses and tantrums only impede her potential, could stand to learn it. Dancing is work.

The show isn’t buffing dance’s image, either. “Stars” has become what the public latches onto whenever the word “dance” comes up. The attitude of those in the concert dance world, at first bemused, has shifted to something along the lines of, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”

Last Tuesday Tiler Peck, a principal with New York City Ballet, appeared to perform a piece by Travis Wall with 12 other dancers (a word used lightly, especially in Ms. Peck’s company) and the violin duo Nuttin’ but Stringz. It didn’t do much for ballet, good or bad: Ms. Peck was only intermittently visible.

Actually, watching dance isn’t the point of “Dancing With the Stars.” It’s watching so-called stars dance; failure reveals as much as success. This bizarre world of fabric remnants does offer a kind of realism: on a dance floor, nerves fray enough to show a glimpse of what the celebrity contestants are like in everyday life: insecure, lazy, smart, vapid, vulnerable, graceful, clumsy, humorous.

Think of “Stars” as a tale of two shows: the reality is the performance, while the actual melodrama of dance is captured during rehearsals. Here, Ms. Gosselin is the leading light, showing her skill at eliciting sympathy by acting like a spoiled brat. (At one point she complained to her partner, Tony Dovolani, that he wasn’t teaching her what she needed to know.)

“I’m addicted and I’m totally going to cry if it’s over,” she said on the show recently. While Ms. Gosselin lacks any semblance of rhythm, she does have a certain car-wreck appeal. The comedian George Lopez has started an online campaign devoted to making sure that she stays on the show (lopeztonight.com/keepkate), which would be mildly amusing if I hated all that dancing stood for and if Howard Stern hadn’t already pulled off a similar, wittier stunt with Sanjaya on “American Idol.”

Realism is Buzz Aldrin, who was voted off in Week 3. How could someone so stiff ever have walked on the Moon? Despite his age (80), didn’t some small part of his body recall the sensation of floating? Didn’t he, after all, sort of dance in the stars?

As the competition gets tougher, and more celebrities drift away, those remaining begin to transform into something else, even off the dance floor. The contestants get in touch with their bodies and quiet down.

Chad Ochocinco, Evan Lysacek, Erin Andrews, Jake Pavelka, Nicole Scherzinger, Niecy Nash, Ms. Anderson and Ms. Gosselin are still in the running this week. Even with two broken toes, Mr. Lysacek, the Olympic-winning figure skater, is a favorite, but given his background, this is obvious. (Seriously, if he had lost to Mr. Aldrin, his gold medal should have been revoked.)

Last week the show instituted a one-time-only scoring system with points for technique and performance, and Mr. Lysacek, dancing the tango, was in his zone. He dances as he skates. Mr. Lysacek is a task-based performer (tell him what to do and in what order, and he’ll deliver) with a beautiful instrument (his body), but his approach, while initially satisfying, loses its gloss because it’s mostly about following rules.

Another strong contender, Ms. Scherzinger, is best known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls. She has dance training, although, as the rules insist, not in ballroom. Like Mr. Lysacek, she possesses great line and muscular logic but seems to be gradually losing her luster. After a disappointing rumba, she dabbed tears away. “This is me,” Ms. Scherzinger said. “I’m an artist. I’m not like other people.”

As a dancer, Ms. Anderson isn’t like other people, either: apart from being an actual celebrity, which is increasingly rare on “Dancing With the Stars,” she’s the only imaginative dancer in the bunch.

The sight of Ms. Anderson is liberating after a night of Ms. Nash’s hammy duets with Louis Van Amstel (he is steering her in the wrong, overly sentimental direction), Ms. Gosselin’s stuttering walks and the mere sight of Mr. Pavelka (the eager-to-please former “Bachelor” who treats the show like dance camp and seems to be more in awe of Mr. Ochocinco than of his partner).

Buxom, blond and full of saucy insouciance, Ms. Anderson has said that she had never had a dance lesson in her life. Even so, she is a natural performer, with rhythm, an understanding of when to be subtle or fierce and a sense of how movements connect to create a story. And that’s all accomplished with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness.

She’s flexible, has great legs and even in high heels could probably run the length of a football field. For a ballroom dancer, that’s key; just as a point shoe creates an extension of the foot, Ms. Anderson’s stilettos achieve the same sensation on the dance floor.

In her mesmerizing rumba last week she floated along so smoothly, lingering in each pose a millisecond too long — this was genius — that her partner, Damian Whitewood, eyes flashing like a desperate Broadway dancer, was the one trying too hard to please. Ms. Anderson may be sexual, but that doesn’t mean that she is cheap. She doesn’t flaunt her sexuality; it’s simply a part of her. Bob Fosse would have loved that.