Pamela Anderson urges Putin to abandon plans to capture orcas
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Pamela Anderson is penning a letter to Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Budowsky: House Democrats are America's team MORE, urging the Russian president to abandon reported plans to hold orcas in captivity.

The “Baywatch” actress and longtime People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advocate, released an open letter on behalf of the animal rights group on Thursday to Putin.

“As a longtime fan of your advocacy for wildlife, it upset me deeply to learn that Russia is considering a plan to abduct 13 orcas and an untold number of beluga whales from their families in the wild,” Anderson, 50, wrote.

“Taking intelligent marine mammals from the wild and selling them to marine parks — especially those in China, where no animal-welfare laws exist — is inhumane,” the former model said.

While whale hunting in Russia is illegal except for members of indigenous tribes, government regulations allow capturing whales for “scientific, cultural, and educational purposes,” according to a 2017 article in Hakai magazine.


“America’s history with marine mammals is far from great,” Anderson wrote, citing the famed captive orca, Shamu, “but Russia can do better. Will you ensure that Russian orcas and beluga whales are protected and halt plans to take them from the Sea of Okhotsk?”

It’s not the first time Anderson has reached out to Russian officials about animal rights — she reportedly traveled to the Kremlin in 2015 to talk wildlife issues.

She also appealed to Putin before to shut down seal product imports into Russia. Asked earlier this year if she ever had a romantic relationship with the Russian leader, Anderson told Piers Morgan, "No, he wanted me to come to his inauguration and give him flowers."

While the flower delivery never happened, according to Anderson, she noted, "I have a great relationship with Russia."