Former French model and actress Brigitte Bardot is taking her animal activism to the next level by threatening to leave her home country and seek citizenship in Russia if two sick circus elephants are euthanized.
According to the Huffington Post, France is scheduling to kill two 42-year-old elephants, named Baby and Nepal, who are suffering from tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo. Well, Bardot is not pleased.
Bardot has submitted “numerous proposals” and authorities have ignored her requests, which she has detailed thoroughly on her foundation’s website.
“The circus Pinder has no other objective exploiting animals to death, which is why I ask you, Mr. Prefect [of Rhone], to take a new decision rather than slaughter Baby elephants and Nepal but input so that these animals are entrusted to my foundation which will ensure their dignified end of life in a quarantine park where they can be treated without risk of contamination with other animals or the public,” she said on her site. [Google translated from French to English]
Bardot is just one of many celebs standing up for elephants. For example, Paul McCartney followed in her footsteps in July 2012 by requesting the release of an Indian elephant who was abused repeatedly.
“True Blood” actress Kristin Bauer van Straten also shows her support. She recently filmed her documentary “Out for Africa,” which will detail the poaching of rhino’s and elephant’s for their ivory in Africa.
Bardot seems adamant about leaving France and going to Russia in order “to flee this country that is now just a graveyard for animals.”
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