Pamela Anderson has made an art of channelling the media’s interest in her in order to draw attention to important issues affecting animals. That’s why she’s PETA’s 2016 Person of the Year.
From being a poster girl for vegan eating and calling for a ban on cruelly produced foie gras to speaking out against circuses that use animals, she’s been a tour de force in the animal-protection movement. Speaking about Pamela’s achievements this year, PETA founder Ingrid Newkirk said the following:
Her advocacy for animals helps open eyes, hearts, and minds. Animals who are in dire need of assistance have a beautiful friend in her, and we are grateful that she takes every opportunity to explain why, as our motto states, “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”.
Recently, Pamela helped urge Mauritius to implement a spay/neuter programme to tackle its homeless-animal crisis by hand-delivering a 180,000-signature petition to the country’s High Commission. In October, she took to the streets of London with a bevy of “animal” mascots to encourage everyone to see animals as friends, not food, saying, “Eating animals is so yesterday”. She also encouraged Prime Minister Theresa May to pass legislation banning wild-animal circuses. “Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie”, she wrote.
And that’s not all. Earlier this year, she called on the French Assembly to introduce a ban on foie gras, asked the Canadian government to help her save seals, offered to cook vegan meals for prisoners in Louisiana, urged women to reject real fur, and added new designs to her vegan shoe collection, proving that compassion and fashion go hand in hand.