Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson is in New Zealand and is
using the opportunity to protest what she says are animal
rights abuses by China Southern Airlines, which is a regular
visitor to these shores.
Anderson arrived in the country on Monday to film a
commercial, and is thought to have spent her time in
The Hollywood star has teamed up with animal rights group
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which
said her arrival in New Zealand had sparked her to write a
letter to China Southern Airlines about its practice of
shipping primates to overseas research laboratories.
"You may not be aware that after being torn from the wild or
rounded up at dreadful breeding farms, the monkeys you ship
from China to laboratories in the US and elsewhere end up
imprisoned in tiny, desolate laboratory cages, where they are
cut open, addicted to drugs, infected with debilitating
diseases, intentionally poisoned, and crippled in cruel
experiments," Anderson wrote.
"I ... urge you to have a heart for animals this Valentine's
Day and stop shipping monkeys to their deaths in
She said she would avoid flying on the airline until it
stopped the practice, and she encouraged her friends, family
and fans to do the same.
PETA spokeswoman Ashley Fruno said Anderson had been "very
hush" about what she was doing in New Zealand and hadn't
wanted any attention.
She departs today.
China Southern Airlines could not be reached to comment last