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VSD Interview/english

1, When and how was born your connection with animals and your ecological consciousness ?

*I have been an activist since I was little. And, have always had an affinity with animals. So it was a natural move for me to share all the attention I was getting world wide on Baywatch. I joined forces with PETA - I sent a handwritten letter that said "please use me..."

2, Do you think that your early struggles participate in the creation of this distinctive sensitivity?

* I still prefer animals to most people.

3, Do you remember your first steps as an activist ?

* I got my Dad to stop hunting - I always was the one people would bring the bird with a broken wing to. Or the cat that walked sideways. I have been surrounded by misfits my whole life. I think I'm in love with loving even the seemingly'unlovable'.
It is part of my charm.  

-4, Why did you decide to launch officially your own Foundation in 2014 ?

* I had my foundation set up for 10 yrs before this. I knew that this would be a huge part of my adult life. I worked so much and I raised my own kids without a husband or nannies. I had no time.
Then I decided to put more energy into it when I was with my last husband who preferred I didn't work or drink (or do anything away from him) - he was very generous? -
But
Maybe out of boredom I launched PAF officially. I am still yet to make best use of it. I hate to fundraise.
But the funds PAF does generate - We share wisely with people on the front lines. The ones risking their lives to make a difference.
My decisions are not always popular- but effective.
I am in the board of directors of PETA, the Russian council of IFAW (and speak at the Kremlin regularly).
I am the international chair of the board of directors or The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
And am a founding member of TENURE along side Julian Assange. Supporting Activists who make changing the world for good-
A full time job.

5, You fight for theses causes for a long time. But it seems that your implication increases since a few years. Why ?

*I have more time.
But I have always been very active politically and engaged in the world. Maybe you are just noticing.
I do not do this for attention for myself. But for animals and people that suffer unnecessarily and have no voice.

6, Would you say that your priorities have evolved ?

*My priorities are the same. I was raised by empathetic women. My father is a poet and extremely bright.
My Grandfather was my biggest influence. An artist - who told me the trees speak to us. He taught me about nature and fairy tales. Nymphs and Fairies. Mythology.

7,  How could you define your activism today ? Would you say that philanthropy is now your full-time job ?

*I am a full time philanthropist,
mother to 2 beautiful and compassionate grown men and I draw, paint.
Writing my book. The Sensual Revolution. The lost art of sensuality out in the Fall.
I am co conspirator with Coco de Mer and have a Pamela loves Coco de Mer line of lingerie out this December. Amongst other Sensual devices.
I rent out my property in Malibu - I'm building a business
on my waterfront property in Canada with a new home for my parents - I'm renovating my Grandmothers's old house...  I'm very busy.
But I love living in the south of France.
It's nice to be able to get around Europe quickly.

8, What are precisely your current fights and campaigns for animals and environment ?

*I was in Nîmes lately protesting bull fighting. It's always touchy trying to change traditions or culture. There are always those who just can't let it go because of many reasons but most of all ignorance and unwillingness to evolve. Just like the cruel seal hunt in Canada or the slaughter of defenseless whales as a blood sport in the Faroes. People get spitting mad. Fortunately it's generational- and the youth are coming and much more open to new ways of being.
I do something every day.
I just convinced the Mayor of Jackson in USA (the 'fattest' city in USA) to go vegan for one month as a good example to community - I am creating a line of faux fur coats in Moscow with 'only me'.
Sea Shepherd and PETA are very active and I'm always involved.
If the oceans die. So do we.
It is urgent.
We need to leave it alone so it can replenish itself naturally. It may take 50 years.
I'd love to go to Yemen. I'm working on putting together a humanitarian visit. ASAP.
I think there is an opportunity presently to save Yemen.

There is increasing recognition of the catastrophe and many women, children and men are dying every day. A new cholera infection every few seconds as a result of the war, I'm curious to help - I'm interested in a UNHCR, UNICEF or Red Cross mission.

9, How do you feel about Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate agreement ?

*Maybe USA was in it for the wrong reasons to start with.
They are married to oil. Maybe things will run smoother now. There is always a silver lining.

10, You visited refugee camps in Calais several times this year. Is the migrants’ situation one of your priority currently ?

*We are all potential refugees - climate refugees. Just wait till you need a hot meal or a bed to sleep in.
I put myself and my kids in a refugees shoes. I would do the same to give my kids a better life.
Risking so much for a better life. They are all heroes.
And we must do our part to help.
The propaganda is ridiculous. It's Infuriating how these young people are being treated.

11, You are also fighting for a political asylum for your friend Julian Assange. What do you think of his situation since the Swedish justice has dropped their rape inquiry ?

*Of course Sweden dropped their 'case' -there was nothing there. I pathetic attempt at extraditing him to USA. I hope Macron grants Julian Asylum in France. I believe he just might. He is forward thinking. It would be a strong message to send to the world. We are watching him closely.

12,  Why do you decide to spend all summer in Saint-Tropez this year ? What are you plans ?

*It's my favorite place in the world so far. I have worked - done photoshoots here many times. And my plan was always to come here before I was 50 after building and renting out my house out in Malibu.  
I did it. It took a lot of hard work. Perseverance. I'm still working on my dream. I love my dreams. I make them happen.

13,  It seems that you have a spiritual affiliation with Brigitte Bardot. How could you explain this link ? What is your relationship with her ?

*We speak on the phone occasionally - she has called me 'her daughter'. We both love animals. She is a big inspiration and such a beautiful woman. I love the style of St Tropezin the 60's. Bardot was integral to that scene. Bohemian. Sexual Freedom. Love.

14, You said France is « your adopted home. » What do you like so much in our country ?

*I love French people mostly. So polite and interesting. I love the language too. I am learning French quickly. I am Canadian so I have a good base. But never spoke the language out loud.
I understand mostly.
I do need a professeur.
I have noticed that it's tough to do business here. I've been let down a few times.
I'm Canadian.
My word is enough. A handshake means something.
Maybe I've just been unlucky
In France so far- in this regard.
Also -
I'm not used to men gossiping? -
It's not attractive.
But I'm happier here more than anywhere. It's an observation an experiment.
It's a new world.
It's exiting.

15, The 19th January 2016, you came in Paris to defend the ban of force-feeding ducks and geese in front of the Assemblée nationale. What are your memories of this day ?

*It was chaotic. So much press people trampling each other. I got my message out on record. That was important.
Even though it may have been a joke to some. It meant a lot to people who care about this barbaric treatment of defenseless geese.

16, Do you consider yourself a feminist ?

*Not really. I don't like anyone telling me what a woman should be. And that Includes by feminists . I love being a girl. It has plenty of advantages. And being a man has plenty of disadvantages if you really think about it.  Statistically. I empathize with men. Having 2 young men who are my children- I can't help but worry about them. As well as women and children of course.

17, Do you feel like you had to fight for establishing your legitimacy as an advocate for environment ? Do you think your image helped or was a brake ?

*No I just keep fighting for causes I believe in.  I'm surrounded by artists and smart people like Vivienne Westwood and Julian Assange. So people can feel comfortable. That Im well informed and I love culture, history, art and an avid reader. This is how we engage In the world. It is romantic to care. To read, to go to museums. Stay Engaged !

18, 25 years after, how do you feel about Baywatch and your cult red swimsuit ? And about being such an icon ?

*I don’t think it was that long ago?, but, I think it's funny. I loved Baywatch. It was so fun to be on the beach everyday with my Dog. Then my kids.
I love being outside in the Action. The swimsuit I still have. It still fits.

19, You said that your innocence saved you during in Hollywood. In what way ?

*Naivety maybe. Somehow I missed the typical troubles girls find in Hollywood. My beliefsystem that no one is essentially bad.
This carried me through.
Even in the most dangerous of times. Looking back.

20, You just celebrated your 50th birthday. What does that represent for you ?

*I don't like birthdays.
People say Je n'ais pas d'âge.
This is how I feel.  I like this expression.

21, How could you explain the path that led you to be the advocate for people and environment your are today ?

*It came naturally.

22, What are your role models ?

*My mother.

23, How do you share you fights with your two sons ?

*They know of everything I do. They were raised by me. I love it when they speak about a cause they believe in. They are their own people - I am very proud of them both.
Brandon the Actor
Dylan the Musician.
Drawn to the arts. I know they will both contribute to the world in positive ways.

24, What are your next projects, in militancy and arts ?

*I have no plans. Lots of offers. I don't know yet. Right now I'm enjoying the fruits of my life so far. I'm always in love ...
I'm lucky I can make this is my priority. Love is all that matters.

25, What about you book « The Sensual Revolution », to be published in 2018 ?

*It's about desensitization. Reminding people the importance of making love. .

26,  In what way do you think you inspire people ?

*I think I have led a unique life. My best experiences were overcoming fears and societal expectations. I springboard into the unknown when I let all that go.

27,  What is your motto in life ?

*Be you! And love fearlessly without expectation. Today is the only day we can count on.

BULLFIGHTING : HEADS OR TAILS ? It’s all the same...

A bullfight, that bloody rite condemned by the majority of Europeans, consists of torturing six bulls for a quarter of an hour each. First of all, the picador thrusts his lance, six inches into the bull’s neck and twists it inside the wound to sever the ligament. Then he opens up the wound by driving in six harpoons, three inches long : the banderillas. Then the animal is put to death, supposedly with a single sword-stroke. However, this is extremely rare. The unhappy record stands at 34 attempts.

But the worst happens before. Some bullfighters demand that the bulls be mutilated before they come to the bullring. They are willing to take fewer risks while earning up to $ 80 000 for a single performance. The horrible practice – afeitado - consists of sawing off, with no pain killer, two to four inches of the horn. The nerve is then pushed back towards the root and the tip is sharpened again. A bull’s horns are sort of antennae. Mutilating them, deprives him of his spatial perception. Moreover, in 2001, a study found that 40 Spain’s bulls out of 200 were drugged before stepping into the ring to show less aggressiveness 

In addition, the spaces in which the animals are raised are getting smaller and smaller. Their muscular qualities are so deficient that they often fall to their knees as soon as they enter the bullring. As for the animals’ health, Alliance Anticorrida has obtained autopsy reports stating that a damning proportion of bulls suffered from tuberculosis and other serious illnesses. This led to the meat (usually sold) being seized. 

In these circumstances, how can one dare talk about an equal fight ? In 60 years, seven bullfighters have been killed compared to a proportion of 180 000 bulls. Moreover the law allows anyone, where there is an uninterrupted local tradition, to torture and put a calf to death under horrible conditions. Children practise and the sword goes in and comes out again, while several of them gang together to finish the animal off. Its death throes end in a blood bath. 

Even bullfighting schools exist where children, from the age of nine, are taught the art of torturing and killing. These so called schools are subsidised by the authorities using tax payer’s money. Nonetheless, Alliance Anticorrida managed to ban all the under sixteen bullfighters from killing bulls in France

Encouragement for bullfighting creeps in everywhere, into schools and even hospitals. In Marseilles a show was put on for children suffering from cancer. While no blood was shed, the children were insidiously given a taste for cruelty. Bullfights use the perverse techniques of seduction : colours, glittering costumes, brass bands and sunshine. Everything masks the bloody reality, even suggesting that, in Portuguese bullfights, the bulls are not killed. This is never the case. The animals are systematically slaughtered, away from curious eyes, when they get back to the stable. What’s more, some think that bullfights are « with it », smart and show-business. And others, for fear of rejection, won’t admit that they just don’t like them.

Bullfighting cannot be justified. No argument stands up to objective examination. Justifying bullfighting for economy reasons doesn’t hold water. It’s like justifying cruelty for money. Moreover, Victor Hugo, Courteline and André Malraux, famous French opponents of bullfighting, are worth just as much as the proponents, Goya, Picasso and Hemingway quoted by bullfight lovers as examples. 

And to matadors who insist that they love bulls, we answer : « You don’t kill what you love ». In 1992, two French bullfighters, upset and vengeful because Spaniards ones had been more popular, set a punitive expedition prior to a bullfight. And who did they attack ? The organisers ? Not at all. They stabbed to death the bulls shut up in the corrals ! These brave bullfighters, sentenced in 1994, are today glorified by the medias, praising their courage. 

 

ALLIANCE ANTICORRIDA ACTIONS

In 2016, after a long struggle, Alliance Anticorrida succeded in having the « Feast of the bull tied to a rope » forbidden in the whole South in France. Alliance also bought seven polls to show bullfighting is not the tradition of the inhabitants, even in the ten departements which organize bullfights. Thanks to the Alliance Anticorrida’s actions Lee Cooper, McDonald's, Afflelou, Yves Rocher, Interflora, Frank Provost, Véolia, Danone, Zippo, Société Générale, Crédit mutuel, Larousse, Pepsico , Géant, Carrefour, Auchan, Aldi, Intermarché, Castorama, Leader Price, IKEA, Puy du Fou, Cora etc. have stopped promoting bullfights in their communication. In ten years 20 cities have stopped organizing bullfights See http://villes-taurines.fr

www.allianceanticorrida.fr

Letter to Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, Jackson - Mississippi

Dear Mayor Lumumba,

As an admirer of your work on the Mississippi Human Rights Collective, I want to congratulate you on your new role as mayor. I support your pledge to make Jackson "the most radical city on the planet."

With this in mind, I'm writing today with an idea that would further allow you to serve as a role model to the community: Since Jackson was recently named one of the fattest cities in America, would you consider going vegan for a month as a way to set a healthy example for your constituents to follow? You'd be in great company—among those who have publicly pursued vegan eating are Sen. Cory Booker, Tom Brady, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Bill Clinton, Carrie Underwood, Russell Simmons, and many others.

Vegan options can be found all over the city, from portabella Caesar salad at High Noon Cafe to veggie chili and vegan fish sandwiches at Cool Al's. Vegan eating has been linked to a lower body mass index and lower caloric intake than diets that are heavy in meat, eggs, and dairy foods. Vegans are also at lower risk of suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, which are some of the biggest killers in this country.

I hope you, as the new mayor, will embrace this idea as a unique way to set a positive example. If you pledge to go vegan for a month, my friends at PETA will supply a week's worth of catered lunches for you and send every member of your staff a vegan starter kit so that you can encourage them to support and join you. We're also here to give you plenty of advice, tasty recipes, and encouragement along the way!

I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Pamela Anderson

 

UPDATE: Jackson mayor accepts the challenge to go vegan:  www.msnewsnow.com/story/35936160/mayor-accepts-pamela-andersons-vegan-challenge

Vive la France

As I leave the memorial in Nice 

I want to express my condolences to the families of the victims on this sad anniversary 

of last years tragic event. 

In the spirit of freedom 

I hope 

President Macron 

might consider giving 

Julian Assange asylum 

for exposing all that US spying on French presidents, ministers and industry. 

Today is day of Liberty, 

Equality and Fraternity. 

This would show strength 

and this will differentiate President Macron 

from Mr Hollande. 

The UK would like to get rid of Julian 

and 

Trump would also like that result - 

so it would be beneficial and

it's the right thing to do 

The human rights issues are very important.

The UK is stuck because it doesn't want to lose face 

but 

this is a terrible situation that needs resolution.

Please see

UN WGAD - 

which is mostly backed and paid for by France

Justiceforassange.com

 

Like the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, -

President Macron is enjoying a lot of international admiration from liberals for being the "centrist" answer to the far right.  

So there is a lot of opportunity and incentive for him to put lots of progressive issues front and center.

He's already done this kind of thing by offering jobs to American climate scientists etc.

A historic change is taking place with the internet, and everyone's rights is in jeopardy. The world is in need of a statesman who has the foresight and the wisdom to recognize this, and who is willing to make it his personal project to ensure that the necessary policies are put in place to protect these rights in the new environment.

Here is a list of things Macron could/should do to bolster his international reputation as a "pragmatic progressive" :

- end mass surveillance by French intelligence agencies as a forward-looking, modern liberal grand gesture.

- make a big deal about taking steps to recognize the right to online privacy of French citizens, and make protecting civil liberties online a personal project

- take a strong pro-business stance by commiting to the protection of strong end to end encryption in France for French and foreign companies whose business model relies on encryption, and advocate against moves to undermine online businesses by criminalizing encryption in international bodies and other countries

- seek to protect French values against erosion by the internet by seeking to support national alternatives to global internet monopolies such as Google and Facebook, and support processes at the European Union and in international bodies aiming at breaking up internet monopolies to ensure fair competition in online markets

- commit to the protection of whistleblowers, especially those who have revealed the nature of mass surveillance to the people of France

    - Julian Assange

    - Edward Snowden

- seek to end the state of emergency in France, and seek to remove the excuse for ISIS existence by bringing the conflict in Syria to an end via peaceful and diplomatic means.

 

Vive la  France 🇫🇷 

I am so happy to be living here. Im the country of love.

I hope to be some part of progressive change in France .

Mr President

I will help in any way I can. 

 

Pamela 

re: La Table du Marche’ by Pamela

I have disappointing news -
Due to circumstances out of my control-
I have to remove my name from the collaboration with Christophe Leroy-

This was a labor of love for the Animals-
to showcase a sexy vegan experience in my favorite village-  
St Tropez.
It did not meet expectations or agreements-

I cannot condone the mistreatment of staff -
or complete lack of respect-

I’m extremely disappointed in this missed opportunity
but,
will keep finding creative ways to help animals and vulnerable people all over the world-

I’m sorry,

Pamela

What can Germany learn  from America ?

I'm in Cologne, Germany doing an interview. I was asked -

What should Ms Merkel do and What can Germany learn
from America ?

The UK and the US are turning more and more into surveillance states, and cracking down on whistleblowers. Merkel should take the lead in opposing this trend: Germany should protect privacy and work to end surveillance.  Germany should protect whistleblowers and offer them asylum.

What Germany can learn from America:

There are lots of positive things Germany can learn from America: such as the First Amendment. Both countries have learned a lot from each other already.
But Germany can also learn from America's mistakes! Germany can learn not to start wars all over the world!

Happy July 4th

Tonight one of my big dreams come true—

It is opening night at La Table du Marche by Pamela

My first Vegan restaurant with my favorite chef - Christophe Leroy

Christophe and I met at a fundraiser in Paris- He catered the event with the most beautiful Vegan food I have ever had— we sat and discussed doing a pop up restaurant for 50 days during the busy season in St Tropez- 

So many people come to St Tropez from all over the world— I hope that sharing this sexy experience will ignite hearts and minds to veganism-

Eating meat is one of the leading causes of global warming - factory farming must be left in the past—

Eating meat also leads to impotency- a vegan diet is better for your sex life— and I am very focused on the aphrodisiac qualities of a plant based diet— all the food in my restaurant is designed to create love- by not harming any life and bringing joy into the bedroom…and the world…

the atmosphere is very romantic and playful— I have performances, champagne, swings - good music.. chandeliers, candles in the garden- it is an experience -

We hope to make people fall in love with each other and compassionate eating..

Being Vegan is a political statement, as is using green energy..

this is how we can live anti establishment- it is PUNK to not follow the bewildered herd-

we are blessed to live where we can make these forward thinking choices— we must for those that can’t—

the more vegan we are- the less world hunger… less poverty, better for the environment

There are so many health benefits- vegan is NOT boring— please come see me at my restaurant … you won’t be let down.

La Table du Marche by Pamela

 

Les Moulins de Ramatuelle

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Tél : 04 94 97 17 22

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