Canadian-born actor Pamela Anderson has sent a letter to Ottawa asking that hearings on Canada's challenge to the European Union's ban on seal products be open to the public.
The Department of International Trade is challenging the ban before the World Trade Organization.
In her letter, Anderson requests that International Trade Minister Peter Van Loan ensure all submissions by the federal government are available to the public.
Anderson, a star of the program Baywatch, said she was writing the letter in aid of the lobby group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Anderson says that if Canada doesn't have "anything to hide about how seals are bludgeoned and skinned in the commercial slaughter," then there should be no issue with allowing public access to hearings.
Anderson says she regrets Ottawa is challenging the ban and calls it a "huge waste of taxpayer dollars."
Ottawa launched its challenge of Europe's ban on seal products before the World Trade Organization last month.