Friday, July 13, 2012

Pamela Anderson - Movie Star and Animal Rights Activist

Pamela Anderson! What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Pamela Anderson? Bimbo? Party Girl? Bombshell? Well two out of three ain't bad! I don't think she's a bimbo...not by any stretch of the imagination. For all of her partying image and all things blonde, she is nonetheless a devoted humanitarian.

Sure, people know that Pam is closely associated with the organization, PETA and does not wear fur. But surprise, surprise. Pam wears UGGS, those horrible, big, floppy furry boots which are indeed made from animal fur. To Pam's credit, once she realized this, she made a plea to her fans, and everyone, to stop wearing them. No problem for me. I think they're hideous in addition to supporting animal cruelty.

What a lot of people may not know about Pam Anderson, in addition to her marriages to Tommy Lee, and Kid Rock and her numerous affairs, is just how passionate she truly is about the welfare of animals. This is not a new passion for her either. This is not phony Hollywood hype. Apparently Pam has been a devoted animal lover and protector of animals since early childhood.

Among Pam's other causes are the inhumane ways that chickens are slaughtered by Kentucky Fried Chicken's suppliers. Pam recently faxed a letter to the US Postal Service imploring them not to issue a proposed new stamp in honor of Colonel Sanders. Pam's fax exposes the rampant abuse taking place in slaughterhouses today and her impassioned plea for kindness to these animals is one that should be echoed by all citizens. Allegedly KFC refuses to take animal welfare seriously. Pam is trying to change this.

Pam has also been instrumental in getting the juice maker POM to call off its horribly inhumane testing practices. It was Pam vs. POM and fortunately for the animals, Pam and PETA won.

Why bother to care about mice or other rodents you might ask. Read the words of these noble humans and then ask yourself the question again.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Gandhi

"The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they suffer? Jeremy Bentham

"He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." Immanuel Kant

"Every year tens of thousands of animals suffer and die in laboratory tests of cosmetics and household products...despite the fact that the test results do not help prevent or treat accidental or purposeful misuse of the products. Please join me in using your voice for those whose cries are forever sealed behind the laboratory doors." Woody Harrelson

Pamela Anderson deserves her place in history. Not as a blonde bombshell, or the woman with the most Playboy covers, or possibly the most downloaded beauty on the internet or for her failed marriages. She deserves her place in history for her humanitarian efforts, for speaking for those who have no voice, for her caring and compassion and for being proactive in her beliefs.

We can all take a page out of Pamela's book. She is an absolutely beautiful woman, both inside and out!

Sheryl Letzgus McGinnis is the author of four books on drugs and addiction and other books in different genres.

She is a retired medical transcriptionist and radio DJ who also did voiceovers for TV. Married with one living son, having lost her youngest son Scott, who was a paramedic and an RN to the disease of addiction. Happily married for 45 years to Jack, retired 8th grade science teacher. Her oldest son Dale is an instructor at their local community college.

They live in Palm Bay, Florida. Sheryl is originally from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is a citizen of both Australia and the US. They are owned by two spoiled rotten cats and are active in trying to prevent children from doing drugs. They also are animal rights activists who spread the word about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.

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