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Pet Pyari, climate change & Delhi smog: Pamela Anderson writes open letter to PM Modi, urges govt to serve vegan food at meetings

The letter was written by Anderson on behalf of PETA.

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Updated: Nov 30, 2019, 06.32 PM IST
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Pamela Anderson (left) urged Narendra Modi (right) to stop serving animal-derived food in government meetings.
Pamela Anderson (left) urged Narendra Modi (right) to stop serving animal-derived food in government meetings.
NEW DELHI: ‘Baywatch’ star Pamela Anderson has always been outspoken when it comes to animal rights. The poster girl for American animal rights organization - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - (PETA) for over 20 years decided to reach out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She posted an open letter on her foundation website, citing issues that can affect India due to climate change.


In her open letter, the blonde beauty shared concerns about the deteriorating air quality in Delhi, and expressed worry for people and animals who cannot wear masks or stay indoors to protect themselves.

Anderson also shared that her pet dog named ‘Pyari’ was adopted from the streets of India.

The 52-year-old activist urged PM Modi to ban all animal-derived foods from government meetings and functions, elaborating on how they contribute to the environmental crisis.

“I know you share my concern for the future, so please lead India's fight against climate change by taking a simple but forceful, progressive step: Ban animal-derived foods from all government meetings and functions,” she wrote.

Anderson, one of PETA's most vocal celebrities, suggested the PM to go for healthy and nutritious plant-derived food, writing - “With your country's innovation and agricultural history, I'm sure that India-produced soy and other versatile foods can easily replace these damaging foods.”

Anderson, a vegetarian since her early teens, pointed out that some alarming facts about the current state of climate, and how it is affecting India. She wrote, “a new report reveals that even with moderate reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, 36 million Indians could face the threat of annual coastal flooding by 2050—31 million more than previously thought.”

She also cited a World Bank report which states that 21 cities in India are approaching zero groundwater levels for next year and that “40% of Indians may not have water to drink by 2030”. Anderson stressed on the importance of changing menus might help the cause of environment.

It is yet to be known if PM Modi will respond to Anderson’s letter. This is not Anderson’s first letter to a PM. Last month, she had written to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asking him to serve nutritious vegan meals in correctional facilities.

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