Star Asks New Prime Minister to Act With Compassion
Sydney – Pamela Anderson, honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) US, sent a letter today to Prime Minister Scott Morrison urging him to end the sadistic live-animal export industry. The Baywatch star, who will appear on 60 Minutes for an exclusive interview on Sunday 4th November, says she stands with the majority of Australians, who want to see an end to the cruel trade.
"I read your maiden speech with great interest – we share the same strong principles of justice and compassion," writes Anderson. "You now hold 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."
In the live-export trade, animals are herded, prodded, and kicked onto crowded, filthy, multi-tiered vessels and forced to stand for long periods of time – sometimes even weeks – in a stomach-turning slurry of water, urine, and faeces. More than 200 million animals have been crammed onto filthy cargo ships bound from Australia to the Middle East over the last 30 years, and over 2.5 million of them have died in transit, typically as a result of cramped conditions, poor ventilation, and soaring temperatures.
Once surviving animals reach their destination – countries that have few, if any, animal-welfare laws and no enforcement of those that do exist – they're commonly dragged from the ships and thrown into trucks and even car boots. Most animals' throats are cut while they're still conscious and able to feel pain.
Anderson's full letter can be read here.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.