Pam asks Putin to strand whalemeat in Norway

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has called on Vladimir Putin to bar a ship carrying whalemeat from passing through Russian waters, stranding it in Norway.

Pam asks Putin to strand whalemeat in Norway
Pamela Anderson explains why she is working with Sea Shepherd in 2012. Photo: YouTube

The Canada-born actress and animal rights activist has written a letter to the Russian president on behalf of anti-whaling campaigners Sea Shepherd, calling on him to prevent the Icelandic cargo vessel ‘Winter Bay’ from leaving Tromsø to take the Northeast passage through Russian waters. 

The ship is carrying more than 1,700 tons of whale meat from Iceland to Japan. The meat comes from fin whales, an endangered species with only about 100,000 individuals remaining worldwide. 

The International Whaling Commission has issued a moratorium on hunting the endangered Fin Whale, although Iceland and Japan have resumed hunting. 

In her letter to the Russian president, Anderson appealed to their common interest in animal rights.

”I believe that we both share a mutual love for animals and a deep respect for nature and for this reason I would like to make a personal request to you, on behalf of endangered fin whales,” she wrote. 

Putin has launched a project to protect the Siberian Tiger, reversing a long-term decline in the number of the animals in Russia. 

Although whaling is illegal in Russia,  Russian icebreakers have in the past assisted vessels carrying whale meat from Iceland to Japan.

“At this moment there is a ship in Tromsø, Norway, called the Winter Bay,” Anderson wrote. “President Putin, you can stop this illegal transit by forbidding this vessel from carrying a cargo of endangered fin whale meat through Russian waters to Japan?”

If Putin listens to Anderson’s request, it is likely that the ship will not reach Japan, as Winter Bay has not been able to transit the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal or go via Europe or Africa for fear of being stopped by the authorities.

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Oslo police warn public to stay off frozen fjord

After many people ventured onto the icy Oslo Fjord this weekend, police have warned the public against skating and walking on frozen waterways.

Oslo police warn public to stay off frozen fjord
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The Oslo Fjord ice is unstable in several areas and seven people fell through it into the water during the weekend, broadcaster NRK reported.

“It is ice cold in the water now. If you fall through the ice it is dangerous,” Oslo Police operations leader Christer Martinsen told NRK.

A large number of people are reported to have congregated at the Sørenga, Kadettangen, Kalvøya and Sandvika locations.

All of the persons who fell through the ice are accounted for and no injuries have been reported.

But police have now asked the public to stay off all ice on the inner Oslo Fjord.

In a tweet, Oslo Police ordered the public to “stay off the ice in unsafe areas and outside of marked zones”.

“If you go on the ice now, you must know what you are doing. There have been enough examples over the years of people who have lost their lives this way,” Martinsen told NRK.

“Not everyone has safety equipment or the right knowledge to walk on the ice. Water can bever be completely safe. You would have to verify that you are on safe ground with drilling equipment and the like,” the officer also said.

“We fully understand that it is tempting to go out on the ice, but you must know what you are doing. You have a personal responsibility,” Marinsen said.

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