Pamela Anderson campaigns for animal rights in Israel

By Louise Saunders - 09 Mar 2011 12:56:0 GMT
Pamela Anderson campaigns for animal rights in Israel

Pamela Anderson has travelled to Israel to discuss animal rights in the nation

The former 'Baywatch' actress - who is a worldwide ambassador for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organisation - praised the Israeli people for their "progressive" views on animal rights activism.

She told the Jerusalem Post newspaper: "There are a lot of really great animal rights activists here, really good, sympathetic people, and I think they're making a lot of progress even with passing this fur bill, which is a landmark bill, and it's very important for the rest of the world."

"It just seems like everyone is very passionate in Israel. There's not a lot of small talk - people really talk about important things, and it's really incredible the people that I've met. We have great conversations."

The 43-year-old star's comments follow the drafting of a new bill in Israeli parliament - in conjunction with the International Anti-Fur coalition - which could ban the trading of animal fur in the country altogether.

Mitzi Ocean, a leader of the coalition, explained she is confident the bill will go through

She said: "Of course it's going to pass - it's unbelievable to think that animals are being skinned alive and tortured for something that's as unnecessary as fur. This is big, and so important for Israel."

"We have this amazing opportunity - the world knows that this law is on the table and if it doesn't pass, it looks very bad for the government, too. If they don't care about animals, they should care about the way Israel looks to the world."