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Pamela Anderson was in Florida on Saturday, March 14, to celebrate the 20th anniversary for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF) – an event hosted by Bob Barker – after writing an open letter to Florida governor Charlie Crist about ‘road-side zoos’ in the state, in which she says chimpanzees and other animals are kept in less-than-adequate enclosures.

“With so many frustrated great apes stewing in squalid facilities in Florida, it is only a matter of time before a similar tragedy strikes your state,” she wrote. "PETA and I appeal to you to take action to prevent Florida’s roadside zoos from keeping great apes and to ensure that these intelligent primates are transferred to approved sanctuaries to live out the remainder of their lives in suitable surroundings."

Held at the Broward County Convention Center in Ft Lauderdale, the event featured delicious vegan food, entertainment, an awards ceremony, speeches, book signings, an open bar featuring organic Floridian wine and a silent auction that included items such as an “LA Confidential” poster signed by Kim Basinger and a jersey signed by Yao Ming.

ARFF is a non-profit organization working toward preventing animal cruelty, and relies upon donations from people like you in order to continue. Established in 1989, ARFF reaches out to the public through demonstrations and outreach events, letters to the editor, and personal appearances by their spokespersons on radio, television, before civic groups and in school classrooms. They also promote the well-being of animals through meetings with, and campaigns directed at, industry and community decision-makers. More information about the organization and how you can donate can be found at their website.

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