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Pamela Anderson speaks out against foie gras force-feeding in France

The Playboy Playmate has angered many by speaking out against force-feeding animals for the French delicacy. Her visit has drawn outrage from some politicians.

Anderson, the ex-"Baywatch" star, caused a stir on Tuesday in French Parliament as she sought to bolster support for a bill outlawing the process of forcibely engorging the livers of ducks and geese for culinary purposes.

"As a Canadian, I am ashamed by the brutal clubbing of baby seals and thus I have empathy for many of the French citizens who also experience both shame and sadness at the misery suffered by these very sociable birds," Anderson said.

A Green politician had earlier introduced a bill seeking to ban "gavage," which is the force-feeding process used to make foie gras. Obsevers say the bill has little chance of passing.

'Political theater'

A spokesperson for the ruling Socialists Hugues Fourage called her visit "political theater."

"Pamela Anderson's visit gets on my nerves and I am fed up with it," he said.

Meanwhile, two journalists came to blows as they competed to get shots of the 48-year-old blonde bombshell, Reuters news agency reported. Some 25 other journalists were reportedly forced to wait outside the news conference due to overcrowding.

Foie gras is made from engorge duck and geese livers and is considered a delicacy. California banned its manufacture and sale in 2012.

blc/kms (Reuters, AFP, AP)

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