Circus owner convicted of elephant cruelty
Published 24/11/2012 | 05:00
CIRCUS owner Bobby Roberts has been convicted of behaving cruelly towards an elephant.
An undercover film shot by animal welfare campaigners showed Anne, an Asian elephant, being kicked and hit with a pitchfork by a groom at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus.
Britain's last circus elephant was also chained constantly to the ground and had not been given medicine for arthritis.
A jury at Northampton Crown Court found Roberts, (69), from Oundle, guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering and one count of failing to provide for the 58-year-old animal's needs.
He was given a three-year conditional discharge. He was not fined. (© Independent News Service)