• March 21, 2014 2:32 PM

Pamela Anderson tweets her opposition to rodeo on Vancouver Island

VICTORIA, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Superstar and Vancouver Island native Pamela Anderson has lent her support to a campaign against the Luxton Pro Rodeo in Langford, B.C., near Victoria, the last rodeo on Vancouver Island.

Anderson today tweeted her support for the campaign by the Vancouver Humane Society (VHS) and Victoria Citizens Against Rodeo Events (VCARE). Her tweet to more than a million Twitter followers said: "Vancouver Islanders, please don't support the Luxton Rodeo! Help @VanHumane and @VCARE2013 end rodeo cruelty on the Island."

VHS and VCARE have been calling for an end to cruel events such as calf-roping at the Luxton Rodeo and urging Victoria businesses and residents not to support the event. "There is no doubt that animals suffer in rodeos and people who care about animals should take a stand against the cruelty involved, said VHS spokesperson Peter Fricker.

"We appreciate Ms. Anderson's support and acknowledgment of the inherent cruelty involved in the events such as calf roping and steer wrestling at the annual Luxton Pro Rodeo held each May long weekend. We continue to encourage the City of Langford and rodeo officials to look at ways to evolve this event to remove such cruelty," said VCARE spokesperson Melissa de Meulles.

SOURCE Vancouver Humane Society

For further information: Peter Fricker, VHS: 604 266 9744, Cell: 604 603 5401; Melissa de Meulles, VCARE: 250 883 6562