Anderson launches ad, condemns stampede race

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Pamela Anderson didn't do any dancing around when she was asked Thursday what she thought of the death of a fifth horse at the Calgary Stampede's renowned chuckwagon races.

"I think this is very cruel," the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant said of the race, which is one of the main attractions at the Calgary event now underway.

Pamela Anderson arrives for a news conference in Montreal Thursday. Photo by The Canadian Press

MONTREAL -

Pamela Anderson didn't do any dancing around when she was asked Thursday what she thought of the death of a fifth horse at the Calgary Stampede's renowned chuckwagon races.

"I think this is very cruel," the former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant said of the race, which is one of the main attractions at the Calgary event now underway.

"I'm not a fan. I never have been."

So far this year, two horses have died from heart attacks, one was euthanized after a shoulder injury and a fourth broke its back from bucking too hard at the Stampede. A rider has also been seriously injured.

The disdain of the former "Home Improvement" cast member echoes that of a growing number of animal welfare organizations, who say the event is cruel to animals. Protests have spread as far as Britain.

Anderson, who gained fame as lifeguard C.J. Parker in TV's "Baywatch" in the 1990s, is an outspoken animal rights activist who says she has cared about critters since she was a child. Although the news conference was organized by the comedy festival, Anderson used it to launch a new animals rights campaign sponsored by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a group she often supports.

The announcement was done at a trendy downtown restaurant after the city refused to give PETA a permit to do it at a public square in front of City Hall in Old Montreal.

In the advertisement, Anderson's bikini-clad body is covered in paint and mimics a butcher's diagram - with parts of her flesh marked up with words such as "breast," "round," and "rump."

The caption reads: "All animals have the same parts. Have a heart - Go vegetarian."

City officials called the ad sexist and refused to issue a permit. Anderson called their reaction "silly."

"What I've heard is that people are a little shocked over people calling it sexist," she said. "I think Montreal is known for its progressive attitude and it didn't make much sense."

She did see a positive side.

"Everyone's talking about it so we couldn't have asked for anything better. It kind of works to our advantage actually."

Organizations: Calgary Stampede, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Geographic location: Montreal, Calgary, Britain

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  • Edmund
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Does this so called human, or maybe animal would be a better name, have any parts left on her body that are real??? She is now so cut up, injected and washed up that the only way she can attract attention is to put on a show for those groups that have nothing better to do than interfere with other peoples lives from NL to BC. They, the bozos, will go to any lenghts to do so, including having a bimbo speak out for them. It's about time everyone, including the press, see these ill informed and ignorant activists for what they are.....a useless, disruptive bunch of troublemakers who have nothing better to do than try to tell the world how to live our lives. Anderson should go back to taking her clothes off and jumping from bed to bed like in the past so the world can see how alternative cosmetic medical surgery can alter the human body. That would give us normal people another pin up photo to throw darts at while we have a few beers at the cottage. I guess she and the activists would say that is her choice and it is also the choice for the rest of us who wish to do so to harvest seals and enjoy the Stampede. If they don't like it stay away, nobody wants them around us anyway. Can't wait for my next flipper dinner and chuck wagon race. Lets go sealers and cowboys, its time to kick some bimbo and bozo butt.

  • billy
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    I'm not a fan of P. Anderson, as a matter of fact, I think she's a nut, but I agree with her on this one. There have been 6 horses that have died since this stampede started. Some sport !!!!

  • Topcat
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Pamela won't have to worry about the Calgary Stampede much longer. Rumour has it that it will be discontinued right after the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes are discontinued in the US.

    Someone should ask her to come to Newfoundland to help find a more ethical way of treating our moose population. Five horses is nothing compared to the many moose killled on our highways. Maybe she can hit up P.E.T.A for money to put up a moose fence along both sides of the highway from one end of the province to the other. Many Moose could be saved!

  • Kathie
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Well her last foray into animal rights was for saving the chickens. I guess she has decided they weren't getting her the attention she desperately needs for a fading plastic botox filled has been she now is.

  • 1
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    While i don't support the bimbo spokesskank for PETA, I also cannot support the horrible treatment of the animals at the redneck olympics in Calgary.

  • Paul
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Edmund sounds like a real redneck.

  • Heather
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Whether you agree with her methods or not the message is not about P. Anderson but the Stampede. Anybody who can be entertained by watching animals be terrorized or raced to death is probably of lesser intelligence than the animals. Canada should really be ashamed of allowing this overt abuse of animals to continue.

  • Frank M
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Since the City of Montreal banned this advert, PETA has recieved millions of dollars worth of free media coverage they would not have gotten by the Anderson campaign alone.

    Just ignoring her and her cause quietly would have been more effective.