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When PETA honourary director Pamela Anderson came to offer sealers a $1 million cheque to give up their industry, actor/comedian Mark Critch ambushed her with an offer of his own — $1 million if she'd stop acting.
Mark Critch ambushes anti-sealing news conference
ST. JOHN'S — Simpsons producer Sam Simon and actress Pamela Anderson, who is also the PETA honorary director, are visiting the Canadian Sealers Association in St. John’s today to offer $1 million to the group if it facilitates a government buyout of sealers from the sealing industry.
Simon, who is described in a news release as terminally ill, states in a letter that “unlike recent government seal bailouts benefiting a foreign-owned fur processor, this money would go directly to Canadian sealers.”
Simon and Anderson were in the Atlantic province to deliver the letter to Canadian Sealers Association President Eldred Woodford.
"With bans firmly in place across Europe, Russia, the U.S., and other countries, the writing is on the wall: The seal trade is finished," the letter states.
During a press conference where Anderson and Simon were speaking, Newfoundland actor/comedian Mark Critch ambushed Anderson with a cheque of his own. He told the actress she could have it if she gave up acting.
"We've all seen the cruel videos, Barb Wire, Bay Watch Nights, Barbarella," he said.
"Stripperella," Anderson corrected.
"Stripperella, sorry, thank you. They make me embarrassed to be a Canadian," Critch said. Anderson has famously given the same quote about the seal hunt.
"There are so many members of the sealers' association, it breaks down to $165 a person. Will you give up your livelihood for $165?," Critch asked the actress.
Anderson insisted the cheque, from Simon's foundation, was simply a catalyst for a government bailout. Dan Mathews, PETA's senior vice-president, elaborated.
"This is not a buy-out, this is a bonus to get the government to seriously talk about giving the workers the bonus they need, just as other failed industries have done," he said.
Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW) president Earle McCurdy said PETA's offer was "offensive and exasperating."