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Pamela Anderson in animal welfare plea to leaders, promising to save Siberian big cats

By Olga Gertcyk
10 September 2015

Baywatch star on trip to Russian Far East visits lion saved from flooded zoo in Ussuriysk.

She asked for a meeting with Putin to discuss environmental issues with him, and her appearance at the forum stems from this request. Picture: Maria Borodina

The 48 year old actress and animal rights campaigner is a special guest at the The Russian Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok where she intends to make a pitch to Vladimir Putin and other world leaders on the conservation of whales, and the need to protect other species.

Anderson, who has Russian roots on her mother's side, sent a letter to the president in July asking him to block the passage of the Winter Bay cargo vessel through the Northeast Passage. 

The vessel was reportedly carrying more than 1,700 tons of fin whale meat from Iceland to Japan. Later she asked for a meeting with Putin to discuss environmental issues with him, and her appearance at the forum stems from this request. 

Pamela Anderson in Vladivostok


Pamela Anderson in Vladivostok

'Pamela Anderson came to visit the lion, and at the same time she learned about programmes to preserve Amur tigers and Far Eastern leopards, promising to take part in these.' Pictures: PrimaMedia, Sputnik News

The director of the regional branch of the Amur Tiger Centre said that she had visited the lion rescued from the carnage of flooding at an island zoo in Ussuriysk.

'Pamela Anderson came to visit the lion, and at the same time she learned about programmes to preserve Amur tigers and Far Eastern leopards, promising to take part in these,' said Sergei Aramilev. The tigers and especially the leopards are endangered species. 

She saw a rare leopard undergoing rehabilitation after being found with a wounded paw near the border with China. 'Pamela checked how the rehabilitation is going,' said Nikolai Gudkov, spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources.

The lion, called Grey, was airlifted by rescuers of the Russian Emergencies Ministry after spending three days in his half-submerged cage. 'Now the animal is on quarantine in a roomy cage. The lion is healthy and eats well. After the quarantine ends, he will be released into a spacious enclosure,' said Aramilev.

Lion Gray

The lion, called Grey, was airlifted by rescuers of the Russian Emergencies Ministry after spending three days in his half-submerged cage. Picture: Channel 1

The zoo was flooded by torrential rain on 30 August. It was home to 39 animals, and the death toll is still not known. 

In her Mercy for Animals plea, the celebrity will stage a Buy My Buoy auction, with a 500,000 rouble prize for the Baywatch lifebuoy prop being a dance with the Canadian-American beauty. 

The proceeds from which will be used to fight against poaching, illegal fishing and trade in animals via the Internet. The charity money will also be passed on to the Far East reserves.

Pamela Anderson in Vladivostok

Pamela will stage a Buy My Buoy auction, with a 500,000 rouble prize for the Baywatch lifebuoy prop being a dance with ther. Picture: @pamelaanderson

'I recognise that I am not a scientist, scholar or politician,' she said. 'What I am, however, is something of a celebrity. And because we all live in such a celebrity-driven culture, people such as myself have a very strong voice, a very influential voice, as it turns out. And this is why I am utilising this celebrity-platform of mine to touch on a far more important issue than any new movie or TV show.'

Anderson has Russian roots on her mother's side, while her father's family were from Finland, then part of the Romanov tsarist empire.

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