Pamela Anderson asks Prime Minister to end federal subsidies for seal hunt

Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to meet her to discuss phasing out or ending federal subsidies for the East Coast commercial seal hunt.

Letter to Justin Trudeau says Ottawa has poured millions into propping up fading industry

Pamela Anderson in Vancouver last year. The Canadian Press has obtained a letter the Baywatch actress sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking him to end federal subsidies for the seal hunt. (CBC)

Pamela Anderson is hoping Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hear her out on behalf of seals.

In a letter to Trudeau, the Canadian-born actress asks him to meet her to discuss phasing out or ending federal subsidies for the East Coast commercial seal hunt.

Anderson writes in the letter obtained by The Canadian Press that Ottawa has poured millions of taxpayers' dollars into propping up the fading industry.

The honorary director of the PETA animal-rights group says the money could be better spent promoting businesses with a brighter future that would help the world see Canada as a sophisticated, enlightened country.

The former star of Baywatch is among several prominent figures such as U.S. President Barack Obama and music legend Paul McCartney who have spoken out against the hunt.

Anderson notes that major markets such as the European Union, the United States and Russia have all banned seal-fur products over animal welfare concerns.

The former Conservative government steadfastly defended the commercial hunt as beneficial for local economies, humane and well regulated.

In recent years, the federal government has invested in programs to promote seal meat in domestic and foreign markets.