The Baywatch star met President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, and Sergey Efimovich Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, as well as representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

During the meeting at the government building in Moscow, which was broadcast on Russian TV, the group discussed a number of issues including the trade of seal fur and whale meat, and conditions at the country's sea aquariums.

"What an honor to have been given a private tour of the (Kremlin) Palace. This is a once in a lifetime experience. I will treasure," Pamela says in a statement released after the meeting. "Personally, I am very concerned about the welfare of seals... I am also very concerned about sea aquariums which keep belugas and orcas (whales) in captivity, and I am campaigning globally to release belugas and orcas back into the wild... Sea aquariums are abusive and old-fashioned... I believe Russia has the power and relationships to help end this practice, and, I am here to enlist your help in ending this terrible practice worldwide."

Pamela recently wrote to President Putin urging him to clamp down on the transportation of whale meat in waters close to Russia, and has requested a meeting with him.

The actress is a long-time animal rights campaigner and she has spent years attempting to secure face-to-face talks with Putin to discuss issues Russia's trade in seal fur from Pamela's native Canada.