HELSINKI, Finland - Free the Finnish fur foxes, Pamela Anderson says. After
arriving Thursday to host a music festival west of Helsinki, Anderson told
Finnish President Tarja Halonen in a letter that her nation should emulate other
countries that have banned fur farms.
Pamela Anderson applauds after being presented by
Dutch illusionist Hans Klok during a performance from his show 'The Beauty of
Magic,' on the NBC 'Today' television program in New York's Rockefeller Center,
Wednesday, June 20, 2007. [AP]
"It's time for Finland to move into the 21st century and follow suit," said
Anderson, whose great-grandfather was Finnish. The letter was distributed to the
media by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Finland's fur auctioneers said the appeal was unrealistic. "It's not
surprising coming from her, a known anti-fur campaigner," said Paivi
Mononen-Mikkila, a spokeswoman for the Finnish Fur Sales auction house. "It's
really not realistic as so many people earn their livelihood from the fur
Finland, one of Europe's top fur producers, has 1,400 farms that produce
about two million fox furs annually. The industry employs 10,000 people.
Halonen's office acknowledged receiving the letter but declined