Friday 20 September 2019

'Pull up your stylish socks and ban Irish fur farming' - 'Baywatch' star to Varadkar

Pamela Anderson. Photo: REUTERS
Pamela Anderson. Photo: REUTERS
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been told to "pull up his stylish socks" and ban fur farming by Pamela Anderson.

The 'Baywatch' star wrote to Mr Varadkar in recent days on behalf of animal rights group Peta. She praised recent moves by Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to ban circuses from keeping wild animals.

In her letter to the Taoiseach, Ms Anderson said she was "thrilled" to hear the news, having previously penned a letter to Enda Kenny saying she would "raise a glass of Guinness" with him when wild-animal circus acts were banned in Ireland.

But she added the "next victory for animals" would be a prohibition on fur farming.

There are currently three farms across Ireland housing thousands of mink sat in cages waiting to be "harvested" for their fur in November.

Anderson (pictured) said: "I admired your strength in promising, at this year's Dublin LGBTQ Pride, to be 'the voice for toleration, respect and equality' - and wish you'd extend this compassion to all living beings.

"I can't think of anyone more capable of creating history once again than you, Ireland's youngest and first openly gay prime minister."

Referencing Mr Varadkar's penchant for novelty socks, she added: "Please, would you pull up those stylish socks of yours and announce a ban on fur farming in Ireland? I greatly look forward to clinking glasses with you when that happens."

Irish Independent

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