Melbourne, (ANI): Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has requested Israel"s ultra-orthodox men to go topless by not wearing their traditional fur hats. Anderson, 43, who is currently in Israel as a guest judge in the local version of 'Dancing with the Stars", said she had written to ultra-orthodox leaders asking them to stop blocking anti-fur legislation.
“I have written a letter here to talk about not bringing fur back-and-forth into this country," News.com.au quoted her as saying. She sent the letter to Israel"s Minister of Religious Services Yakov Margi, who delayed legislation calling for a total ban on the fur trade in Israel.
The ultra-orthodox parties oppose a ban because it would affect the wearing of the shtreimel, a fur-ringed hat traditionally worn by married ultra-orthodox men on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.
“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," Anderson wrote in the letter.
She also sent the minister a video of animals being killed for their pelts. “Surely you will agree that the ways in which animals suffer and die in the fur trade violates Jewish principles, which strictly prohibit causing unnecessary suffering to animals," she stated.
The shtreimel is not a religious obligation, but a widely held tradition in which it is worn to honour the sanctity of the Sabbath, holidays and special occasions. It is not worn on a daily basis.