Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit France over elephant euthanasia
Monday, January 07, 2013 - 00:47
Jan. 7 - Animal rights activist and former screen goddess Brigitte Bardot threatens to quit her native France by asking for a Russian passport, days after actor Gerard Depardieu was granted citizenship by President Vladimir Putin. Matthew Stock reports.
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Screen icon turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to abandon her native France, and ask for a Russian passport.
The veteran animal rights campaigner - seen here at a Paris anti-fur march in 1994 - says she will leave France over the treatment of two circus elephants.
The animals, named Baby and Nepal, face a court order to be put down over fears they carry tuberculosis.
In a scathing statement, Bardot says France has become an "animal cemetery".
The elephants owners plan to appeal to save the pair, which are being kept in a zoo away from the public.
Bardot's threat comes after fellow actor Gerard Depardieu became a Russian citizen, in protest at high tax rates proposed by France's Socialist government.
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