Pamela Anderson to Netanyahu: Ban Fur Sales in Israel

Actress and animal-rights activist says the way animals 'suffer and die for fur violates Jewish principles.'

Actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson is asking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to endorse a bill banning the sale of clothes made of animal fur.

Fresh off a honeymoon in Israel, Anderson sent a letter to Netanyahu on Wednesday urging him to support the legislation. If passed, it would make Israel the first country in the world to impose a national fur clothing ban.

More than 40 lawmakers have endorsed the bill, promoted by the Israel-based International Anti-Fur Coalition. Netanyahu previously has expressed views sympathetic with the animal rights movement, after reading Hebrew University historian Yuval Noah Harari's book “A Brief History of Humankind." The prime minister came to realize that animals had consciousness, he confided to a startled Knesset. He was also horrified by the mass extinctions caused by man, adding that he and Sara rarely eat meat.

In her letter, Anderson said the way animals "suffer and die for fur violates Jewish principles." She added that by passing the bill, "Israel would set an example of compassion for the rest of the world to follow."

Anderson became globally famous for her role in the beach-based TV show "Baywatch" and later, for posing in the nude for the movement "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals," better known as PETA, to promote animal rights.

Among her many efforts on behalf of animals was the delivery earlier this month, together with "Simpsons" producer Sam Simon, of a million-dollar check to the Canadian Sealers Association, as an incentive to stop killing seals. The trade in seal fur has been dwindling, with bans on its import imposed in Russia and Europe, and Anderson's offer received a frosty reception by fur workers in Newfoundland. 

Last November, the World Trade Organization upheld Europe’s ban on imported seal product, prompting Ottawa to vow to appeal. The WTO did note that the ban violated principles of fair trade in some aspects, but could be justified on the grounds of the public's moral concerns.

Earlier this month Anderson, 46, remarried her ex-husband, Rick Salomon. She had also previously been married to drummer Tommy Lee and to Kid Rock.