Bardot threatens exile over elephants
Published 05/01/2013 | 05:00
Former French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot (pictured) has threatened to follow Gerard Depardieu in asking for a Russian passport, in protest not at tax hikes, but at the treatment of two circus elephants.
The animals, Baby and Nepal, are thought to be carrying tuberculosis and were ordered to be put down by a court in Lyon.
Bardot's threat comes a day after fellow actor Depardieu caused a storm in France by becoming a Russian citizen in protest at high tax rates proposed by the Socialist government.
"If those in power are cowardly and impudent enough to kill the elephants... then I have decided I will ask for Russian nationality to get out of this country, which has become nothing more than an animal cemetery," Bardot said.
Owners Cirque Pinder also said yesterday they would appeal to save the elephants, which first tested positive for tuberculosis in 2010 but have since been kept in a zoo in Lyon away from the general public.
Bardot has become an increasingly controversial figure with her outbursts on animal rights, but also on gays, immigrants and the unemployed.