Harare - Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has written
to Zimbabwe's environment minister to ask him to stop the export of elephant
calves from Hwange National Park, saying she is "deeply upset" by
their plight, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The UK-based Zimbabwean newspaper claims that Anderson,
47, wrote the letter on behalf of animal rights organisation People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The paper quotes her letter as saying that "as a
mother" she is upset by the elephants' plight.
"These terrified babies are reportedly being held
captive while awaiting sale to China and the United Arab Emirates, far from
their homelands, where they will never see their families again and never have
any semblance of a normal or happy life," Anderson said.
"Kidnapping ruins the life of each individual,"
she added. "You have the unique opportunity to intervene in this horror
Minister Saviour Kasukuwere last week reacted angrily to
criticism of live elephant exports, saying "racist elements" were
interfering in the country's conservation work.
He says the money raised from the sale of the animals -
reported to be around 80 - would help impoverished communities and help pay
One elephant can fetch as much as $60 000 when sold,
according to Zimbabwe's state media.
Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan asked his fans in December
to protest Zimbabwe's elephant exports.
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