Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales

US-Canadian actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson visits the Russia’s first ever Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 3, 2015.
US-Canadian actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson visits the Russia’s first ever Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 3, 2015.PHOTO: AFP
US-Canadian actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson visits the Russia’s first ever Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 3, 2015.
US-Canadian actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson visits the Russia’s first ever Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on Sept 3, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Actress Pamela Anderson urged Russia Thursday to join her fight to save whales and seals as she auctioned off a red float used in filming the hit 1990s show Baywatch.

The 48-year-old Canadian-born actress flew to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to attend an international economic forum at the invitation of environment minister Sergei Donskoi.

Anderson attended a charity auction to raise money to protect endangered species and sold off a bright red float used in Baywatch filming for 3 million rubles (S$63,000) to a businessman, Interfax news agency reported.

Russian television showed Anderson jogging on the spot on stage in Ssia that can make a difference," she said in televised comments.

"Climate change is an urgent issue and I want to come here and speak to people that are brave enough to make big changes." Anderson said she raised the issue of whales held in captivity and Russia's import of fur from seals hunted commercially in Canada.

"I want to do something significant, which really can change something, together with Russia," Anderson was quoted by the state news agency RIA Novosti in comments translated into Russian.

"Starting with fur seals: I know that products made of fur seals go to Russia," she said.

The actress came to Russia after writing to President Vladimir Putin asking him to support her environmental causes, particularly her fight against whale hunting.