Pamela Anderson of "Baywatch" fame is speaking out in protest of yet another new endeavour: the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
The aquarium is scheduled to open next year in Toronto.
“It’s clear to me that marine parks, including the Toronto aquarium, are in no way educational,” Anderson told GlobalToronto.com in an exclusive interview. “Confining marine animals to tanks and separating them from their families and their natural surroundings, just so people can watch them swim in endless circles, teaches us far more about humans than it does about animals – and the lesson is not a flattering one."
She was, however, happy that government officials recently agreed to outlaw shark fin products, such as shark fin soup, in the city. The ban goes into effect as of September 1st. She has worked diligently to get other cities to follow suit since convincing Toronto to do so, including British Columbia, where she's from. She said to GlobalToronto.com, "Hooking sharks, pulling them from the water, cutting off their fins while they are still alive, then dumping them back into the ocean to suffer and die is appalling. To do so for a bowl of soup is indefensible."
Anderson has been an activist and member of PETA for a number of years and has been a vegetarian since she was a teenager. She has taken part in a number of animal rights' campaigns, particularly those that protest the use of animal fur products, as well as campaigned against the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain.