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Circus owner convicted of elephant cruelty

Published 24/11/2012 | 05:00

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CIRCUS owner Bobby Roberts has been convicted of behaving cruelly towards an elephant.

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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)

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