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 Anderson adds her voice to chorus of protests

    March 29 2006 at 01:16AM

Ottawa - Canadian-born actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson joined a chorus of protests against Canada's controversial seal hunt on Tuesday, calling on the prime minister to heed world opinion and end it.

"As a proud Canadian who frequently travels abroad, I am alarmed that people are starting to see us as a country more beholden to a pack of greedy hunters and the seal skin fashion whims of a few countries than attentive to the massive international outcry against such a barbaric activity," Anderson said in an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

"One of the biggest problems facing the United States government is appearing arrogant and oblivious to world opinion, and I'd hate to see that happen to Canada, too," the former Baywatch star said.

On behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta), Anderson also asked to meet with Harper next week to discuss the seal slaughter and deliver thousands of petitions against the hunt.

Despite protests by countless animal rights groups and celebrities, including French film legend Brigitte Bardot and former Beatle Paul McCartney, Ottawa authorised the cull of 325 000 seals this year.

Canadian officials insist the commercial hunt does not threaten the species, which has tripled to almost six million animals over the past 30 years.

The hunt began over the weekend and 6 600 seals have been killed so far, officials said. Next month, the hunt will be expanded north to Newfoundland province.

The Dalai Lama, Bardot, McCartney and his wife Heather Mills McCartney, singer Charles Aznavour, actors Kim Bassinger, Juliette Binoche and Richard Dean Anderson, among many others, have campaigned against the hunt over the years. - Sapa-AFP

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