Pamela Anderson gets behind bars in Paris protest against farm animal abuse

US-Canadian actress Pamela Anderson, right, and her dancing partner Maxime Dereymez stand in a cage displaying placards against the caging of animals during an event organized by the NGO Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) in Paris on Wednesday. — AFP

PARIS — Actress Pamela Anderson joined animal rights campaigners in Paris on Wednesday, posing inside a cage to protest the caging of animals in European farming.

The former Baywatch star was backing a campaign by Compassion in World Farming to get a million signatures in seven EU countries in support of their bid to end the practice.

“I don’t think any animal belongs in a cage for entertainment or for what we wear or what we eat,” she told reporters.

“All of our choices are important and we have to be more conscious of our decisions,” she added. “Animal welfare has come a long way, but we have a long way to go.”

The petition is part of the European Citizens’ Initiative, which means that if they can raise a million signatures within a year the European Commission will have to consider the issue.

The organizers say they have the support of 140 organizations, including in France the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and PETA.

Anderson is currently taking part in the French edition of the television program Dancing with the Stars. — AFP