Pamela Anderson Joins Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The Actress and Animal Activist has Joined the Board of the Marine Conservation Non-Profit of Which She Has Been a Longtime Supporter and Advisory Board Member

Pamela Anderson
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Internationally known actress and dedicated animal activist Pamela Anderson has joined the Board of Directors of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS).

Anderson, a long-time supporter and dear friend of Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson, has a long history of working with the marine conservation nonprofit. She joined the organization’s prestigious Media and Arts Advisory Board in January 2015. Today, Sea Shepherd is honored to welcome her as a working member of its Board of Directors, who will play an active role in the organization’s mission to defend ocean wildlife and habitats worldwide.

Anderson has not only dedicated her time and resources to human and animal rights, and environmental protection, but she has also bravely fought alongside Sea Shepherd and in defense of ocean species on the frontlines. In the summer of 2014, Pamela traveled to the Faroe Islands to publicly speak about the mass slaughter of pilot whales known as the “grindadráp” or “grind,” and this year asked Denmark — a European nation subject to EU laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans — to end its support of this brutal practice. In 2006, the Canadian native spoke up against the Canadian seal slaughter at the Juno Awards, sparking the strongest protests ever against the barbaric culling. This year, Anderson personally asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to take action to stop an illegal shipment of endangered whale meat from Iceland to Japan, and accepted an invitation from Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergei Donskoi to address the East Russian Economic Forum on matters of wildlife protection on behalf of her charitable Pamela Anderson Foundation.

Among her many concerns and actions in support of animal causes, Anderson is especially determined to help Sea Shepherd in its efforts to bring about an end to whaling, an internationally condemned practice that she believes belongs in the past. Sea Shepherd is perhaps best known for its hit TV series Whale Wars, which highlights its battle on the high seas against Japanese whalers, who harpoon whales in a globally designated whale sanctuary. In late 2012, the whalers convinced the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to issue an injunction that banned SSCS from continuing to interfere with their illegal hunt. As a law-abiding organization, Sea Shepherd complied and withdrew from the Southern Ocean whale defense campaigns, which have since been continued by other Sea Shepherd entities. Anderson now joins the Board of SSCS at a time when the organization is taking the battle to protect the whales from the seas to the U.S. courts.

“Japan is now headed to the Southern Ocean, where its deadly industrial whaling fleet will hunt highly intelligent and socially complex whales in their internationally recognized sanctuary, in defiance of both the International Court of Justice and the Australian Federal Court. If the whales are not safe from illegal whaling in the remote wilderness of their Antarctic sanctuary, where are they safe? The urgent fight against the poaching of whales must continue in the courts, and I am proud to stand with Sea Shepherd on behalf of our clients, the whales,” said Anderson. “I have joined Sea Shepherd in the Faroe Islands to oppose the mass slaughter of pilot whales, and opposed Iceland’s hunting of endangered whales. My goal, and Sea Shepherd’s, is to bring an end to whaling, and I believe that together we can achieve it.”

Anderson has justly received many awards and honors, including the Mercy for Animals Sam Simon Award for being a defender of animal rights, and in 2014 was named Grand Dame of Montenegro in recognition of her animal activism. She is also the recipient of the Linda McCartney Memorial Award, presented to her by Sir Paul McCartney, to recognize her dedicated work as a staunch defender of animal rights. Her own charity, the Pamela Anderson Foundation, provides support and funding directly to those organizations on the frontlines protecting and defending the rights of the planet and all those who call it home.

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