Letter to President Emmanuel Macron, France

Monsieur le président,

J’ai l’honneur de vous solliciter pour un rendez-vous afin de vous remettre la pétition de mes amis de PETA France demandant une interdiction nationale de la détention d’animaux sauvages dans les cirques.

Comme l’indique la Fédération des vétérinaires d’Europe : « Les besoins des mammifères sauvages ne peuvent être satisfaits dans un cirque itinérant, en particulier quant aux conditions de vie et à la possibilité d’exprimer des comportements normaux ». Or, la loi française (l’article L214-1 du Code rural) énonce que « tout animal étant un être sensible doit être placé par son propriétaire dans des conditions compatibles avec les impératifs biologiques de son espèce ». Quant aux dispositions du décret du 18 mars 2011 censées garantir le bien-être animal dans les cirques, elles ne sont souvent accompagnées d’aucun contrôle dans la pratique, et sont parfois inapplicables.

Une vingtaine d’États de l’UE, comme la Belgique, la Croatie, le Danemark, la Finlande, la Grèce, l’Italie, les Pays-Bas et le Royaume-Uni ont déjà pris en compte le bien-être des animaux en légiférant pour interdire les cirques qui détiennent des animaux sauvages. En France, une centaine de communes dont Paris, Strasbourg, Rennes, Grenoble ou encore Ajaccio ont officiellement pris position pour des cirques sans animaux sauvages et appellent à un changement législatif ou règlementaire. Surtout, la grande majorité de nos concitoyens souhaitent ce changement : 67 % des Françaises et des Français sont favorables à l’interdiction des cirques avec animaux sauvages selon un sondage IFOP/30 Millions d’Amis de février 2018. Enfin, ci-joint, vous trouverez la lettre ouverte qu’ont signé plus de 100 vétérinaires français qui appellent le gouvernement à agir.

C’est pourquoi j’aimerais vous rencontrer pour discuter d’une mesure qui ferait cesser cette souffrance archaïque et placerait la France dans le groupe de pays qui ont montré l’exemple au reste du monde en prenant la décision de tourner la page des cirques animaliers.

Je vous remercie de votre attention et dans l’attente de pouvoir vous rencontrer, je vous prie d’agréer, Monsieur le président, l’expression de ma considération la plus distinguée.

Pamela Anderson

Sunday Project

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Speaking for the first time since her public spat with Scott Morrison, Pamela Anderson admits she wasn't surprised by the PM's lewd comments.

"It's typical of politicians," Anderson said on the Sunday Project.

"It's very Trumpian actually to use a sexist remark to kind of divert from the actual issue, the actual question, so it wasn't shocking."

"I assumed he was doing it on purpose so he could shift the attack to the lewd comments instead of focusing on the issue of Julian, which is most important."

Anderson appeared on the show solo after Morrison declined an invitation to also speak.

Earlier this month, our PM made insensitive remarks about Anderson while on a commercial radio station. "I've had plenty of mates ask me if they can be my special envoy to sort the issue out... um, with Pamela Anderson," he said. The comment came after Anderson called on the prime minister to help Wikileaks founder Julian Assange come back to Australia after more than six years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

"Defend your friend, get Julian his passport back and take him back to Australia and be proud of him, and throw him a parade when he gets home," she said during an appearance on 60 Minutes earlier in the month. When asked what her thoughts were on the possibility Morrison's comment was actually a compliment, Anderson simply laughed.

"What age are we in?" she asked. "I don't know how to respond to that."

"My career was what it was and it also got me into a lot of doors where I wouldn't have been able to get into so I guess in some regard I've used my image to have a voice and so I can't really complain too much."

In recent years, the former Baywatch star has turned her attention to activism on several fronts, including women's rights and animal welfare. After striking up a friendship with Assange -- or "romantic struggle", as Anderson referred to it-- over their shared interest in activism, and has since campaigned for Australian intervention in his case.

She told The Project she isn't currently able to see or speak with the Wikileaks founder, and called once again on the PM for action.

"It was good to see so many Australians in support of Julian and wanting to bring him home and I think it's just one of the last ways to save him" she said.

"And he's a hero. He's an Australian and people should be very proud and the prime minster has a lot of power and can make it happen."

via www.tendaily.com.au/shows/theproject

Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia

Dear Prime Minister Morrison, 

Your comments following my appeal to you on 60 Minutes were disappointing. 
You trivialized and laughed about the suffering of an Australian and his family. You followed it with smutty, unnecessary comments about a woman voicing her political opinion.
We all deserve better from our leaders, especially in the current environment. 
Following the show, 60 Minutes canvassed the views of Australians online. People responded in their thousands, overwhelmingly – 92% of more than 7000 – in favour of bringing Julian home. 
Rather than making lewd suggestions about me, perhaps you should instead think about what you are going to say to millions of Australians when one of their own is marched in an orange jumpsuit to Guantanamo Bay – for publishing the truth. You can prevent this.
Julian Assange will soon face his Seventh Christmas isolated from family and friends, after 8 years of detention without charge. For six years he has been refused any access to fresh air, sunshine, exercise, or proper medical or dental care.
In February 2016, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) stated that his detention was unlawful.
For the past seven months Mr. Assange has been denied the right to receive visitors, use internet or telecommunications.

This Australian is not getting a fair go; his human rights are being openly violated.
I am hopeful Australia now has a leader with strength and conviction enough to bring him home.
Australia and the world are watching how you treat your citizen, your publisher, in dire need of help from his own government.

With hope,

Pamela Anderson

Letter to The Honorable Scott John Morrison MP - Prime Minister of Australia

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister! Australia is one of my favorite places to visit. I read your maiden speech and was glad to see that we share the same strong principles of justice and compassion. Today, I'm writing to ask that you put your compassion into action by ending the live-animal export industry.

Because of live export, millions of animals endure grueling journeys on cramped, sweltering hot ships every year. Over the weeks-long voyages, many die from dehydration, starvation, or disease, while others are trampled to death or suffocate in their own waste. Those who survive the trip face yet more suffering, as weak animal-protection laws in the Middle East allow them to be subjected to abuse and methods of slaughter that would be illegal in Australia.

By banning live export, you would be honoring your role as a representative of the people. Seventy-five percent of the Australian public opposes this barbaric trade, and a petition signed by 238,000 people calling for an end to the practice was recently sent to your parliament. The live-export trade has declined by two-thirds over the last five years. Yet a livestock export license has just been issued to a subsidiary of a company linked to the Emanuel Exports disaster (in which more than 2,400 sheep died in transit last year), sparking outrage from the public yet again. With your expertise in economics and tourism, surely you can see that this industry is on shaky ground and is a stain on Australia's global reputation.

You now have the power to make the compassionate and logical move that your predecessor did not. The people of Australia believe that live export must end, and I fully support them.

Please ban this cruel industry.

Yours faithfully,

Pamela Anderson