Kristin Bauer Takes a Bite out of Animal CrueltyPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on April 11, 2011
Kristin Bauer, the actress who portrays the lovely-but-lethal vampire Pam on HBO’s award-winning True Blood, has teamed with the Animal Legal Defense Fund in the fight to free Tony, a Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been living in isolation as a “tourist attraction” at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for the past decade. Like Tony, “Pam” is a denizen of Louisiana (the hit horror drama takes place in the fictional town of Bon Temps) and a beautiful hunter of the night. In real life, Kristin is a long-time animal advocate who is biting mad over Tony’s cruel confinement.
In her video message to her feline-friendly fans, Kristin explains, “Tony is a Siberian-Bengal tiger who has been living on display as a tourist attraction at a truck stop outside Baton Rouge since 2001. In the wild, Tony might roam a territory of one hundred square miles. But for the last decade, he has instead lived in his concrete enclosure, exposed to the noise of diesel engines and the stench of gasoline.”
Kristin’s love for animals began when she was a little girl growing up on a Wisconsin farm, riding horses and taking in stray cats. Now in Los Angeles with her family of rescue animals, Kristin is an outspoken advocate on issues like animal testing, puppy mills, and animals, like Tony, who are exploited for human entertainment. “I can speak about animals in entertainment because I chose to be an entertainer,” Kristin explained in an exclusive interview with ALDF. “I have choice; an animal doesn’t. Can you imagine being taken from your home and forced into a job you’re not suited for? It’s incredibly selfish to imagine that another being has to live a life he wouldn’t choose just to entertain me.”
Currently shooting season four of True Blood, Kristin explains that she is far from the only animal lover on set–“there are dogs everywhere! [The show's creator] Alan Ball is a big animal lover, and half of the cast have dogs that they bring to the set, and it’s great. There are so many cute rescue dogs running around. One of the actresses has the most unbelievable cross-eyed dog! It’s one of the joys of being on the show–incredibly caring people, and animal lovers to boot. It’s amazing.”
Vampire Pam’s charms–with a bite–have won over a huge fan base, and Kristin is often asked by lovers of animals and True Blood alike what they can do to help. “I think people mainly are very caring; I think they just don’t know,” says Kristin. “And there is so much you can do. There are people working 60-70 hours a week–the true heroes, making things happen–and you can support them. You can go to the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s website, aldf.org, and they have action alerts. You can sign petitions. You can support causes that are important to you. There’s a quote that I love that says, ‘All evil needs is for good men to do nothing.’ Every little action counts and matters.”