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Pamela Anderson visits fowl friends at Gentle Barn off Sierra Highway

‘Baywatch’ actress visits nonprofit for vegan meal

Posted: November 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Actress Pamela Anderson feeds berries to a turkey at The Gentle Barn on Thursday.

 

Actress Pamela Anderson celebrated her Thanksgiving Day by feeding turkeys instead of eating them.

On Thursday, the “Baywatch” TV star and animal activist returned to The Gentle Barn for the second year in a row for a vegan meal on Thanksgiving prepared by the people who rescue animals for a living.

“There’s no need to eat turkey,” she said, holding out a paper plate of cranberries for a white turkey pecking at the festive fruit.

“You don’t eat your friends,” she said.

“I like what the people at Gentle Barn do in rescuing animals from slaughterhouses,” she said. “It’s nice to see so many people here.

Last year, there weren’t as many.”

Animal lovers and fans followed Anderson into the barnyard where turkeys, chickens and a pig bigger than a water heater roamed freely.

Anderson joined Gentle Barn officials Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner for a vegan meal at the 6-acre sanctuary on Sierra Highway.

The event was dubbed “An Evening with a Turkey” — a pun that failed to get old among barnyard attendees.

“There are more turkeys in Hollywood than there are here,” she said, upon arriving.

Anderson showed up for the dinner with her brother Gerry where they and other guests ate “a delicious” meal prepared by Chef Rawsheed.

Wearing high-heeled platform shoes, jeans and a simple blouse, Anderson fed the turkeys cranberries and key-sized wedges of pumpkin pie.

Asked what the chef was going to serve to Anderson and her friends, Anderson said: “Whatever the Gentle Barn people serve and I know it’s going to be good.”

Michelle Robertson of the Gentle Barn said of the vegan meal: “It will be all the stuff you normally expect at Thanksgiving — potatoes, cranberries — except its vegan.”

Casseroles and a vegetable stew were believed to be on the menu, she said.

The Gentle Barn Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for abused farm animals and children. It rehabilitates animals and connects their stories of survival and healing to the personal experiences of inner city, at-risk and special needs children and adults who have suffered physical, mental or emotional trauma.

“Our tradition on Thanksgiving every year at The Gentle Barn is to feed pie to turkeys,” Laks said, in a prepared statement issued before the event got under way.

“It is so fun to honor life and we are grateful to have Pamela join us!”

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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