October 30, 2010
Posted: 1452 GMT
Former “Baywatch” star and Playboy cover girl Pamela Anderson is now involved in…Israeli politics.
Israeli Daily newspaper Yediot Aronoth reported this week that a letter written by the Hollywood star and noted animal rights activist was received at the office of Israel’s Minister of Religious Services, Ya’akov Margi, of the religious political party of Shas.
Anderson, who is due to visit Israel in a few weeks to make a guest appearance in the Israeli version of popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars”, asked the minister to support a ground-breaking bill that would ban the use of animal fur for the making of clothes, hats and other products in the Jewish State.
“I urge you to support this historic bill and speak up for the millions of animals who are bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their pelts each year" beseeched Anderson in her letter.
She also implored him to watch a graphic video from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
No word on the minister's response to the Hollywood starlet but according to the report, the minister has asked for the bill to be re-examined due to the fact that many ultra-orthodox Jews living in Israel traditionally choose to cover their heads with large hats made of sable tails.
The distinctive head covering, called the streimel, is worn by male adherents of various Jewish sects and is usually donned on the sabbath or high holidays.
While the market for the hats is small the price tags are not – milliners can fetch up to $5000 per streimel.
The sable covered hat is believed to have originated some 500 years ago in Russia after a government decree that all Jews identify themselves by attaching an animal's tail to their skull caps. What began as a humiliation eventually turned into accepted fashion spreading throughout the Jewish communities in Europe.
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