Actor Calls On Chinese Leader to Follow in France’s Footsteps and Ban the Importation of Elephants From Zimbabwe
For Immediate Release:
8 April 2015
Hong Kong – With dozens of fragile baby elephants held captive in Zimbabwe and set to be sold to China, Pamela Anderson sent an urgent letter on PETA’s behalf this morning asking His Excellency Xi Jinping to stop the elephants’ planned importation into China, which has already stirred up controversy on social media.
As Anderson – an honorary director of PETA US, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – notes in her letter, China would be in good company: France recently cancelled its plans to buy and import up to 20 elephants who were captured in Zimbabwe.
“As a mother, I have been deeply upset by the heartbreaking news about the 80 or so baby elephants who were torn away from their families, many even witnessing their own family’s gruesome slaughter”, Anderson writes. “Please prioritize the welfare of these helpless baby elephants by banning their importation into your country …. Every compassionate soul around the globe will appreciate your kind-hearted decision.”