Pamela Anderson fighting Israel's religious fur trade

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010
Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has written to an Orthodox Israeli politician asking him to back a proposal to ban the trade of fur in Israel.

The Canadian-American actress and animal rights activist is also planning to go to a Knesset meeting to appeal for more politicians to support proposed legislation preventing religious men from wearing shtreimels (hats) trimmed with fur.

In a letter to Yakov Margi, Israel’s Minister of Religious Services, Ms Anderson said that the fur trade goes against Jewish laws about the treatment on animals.

A ban was first suggested in 2009 but has been delayed by Mr Margi, a member of the religious party Shas.
Earlier this summer actress Brigitte Bardot joined the campaign and petitioned Industry, Trade and Labour Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer for his support.

Polls suggest the proposal, which could mean a 12-month prison sentence if breached, has the support of 80 per cent of Israelis.

The actress is in Israel to act as a guest judge on the new series of Israel’s Dancing with the Stars.

Last updated: 4:01pm, November 8 2010