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Anderson takes seal battle to Russia

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Jun 04, 2010 | 6:15am EDT

The former Baywatch actress is a staunch animal rights activist and has long publicised a drive by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to end the seal cull in which many young creatures are slaughtered for their pelt.

Anderson has now written a letter to Putin urging him to ban Russia's import of seal fur from Canada in bid to halt the killing.

She writes, "My friends at PETA and I were pleased to see a recent slideshow spotlighting your fondness for animals. Since you've already banned the slaughter of baby seals in Russia, I'm writing to ask that you also ban seal-pelt imports from my native Canada, where almost all seals who are killed are three months of age or younger.

"Such a ban would embrace a worldwide trend - the U.S., the European Union, and Mexico have banned seal imports, and world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and His Holiness The Dalai Lama have spoken up for seals. PETA gathered more than 50,000 signatures on a petition, which I delivered in Canada earlier this year, calling for an end to the annual seal massacre. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your time and consideration."

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