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Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Animal Activist Brigitte Bardot

Threatens Exile Over France's

 Scheduled Elephant Euthanasia



Baby and Nepal, two elephants suffering from tuberculosis, stand in their enclosure on December 19, 2012 at the Parc de la Tete d'Or Zoo in Lyon, central eastern France. The two ailing middle-aged elephants that French officials have wanted put down have been given a Christmas reprieve after an appeal to President Francois Hollande and an Internet campaign to save them. JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images
from: huffingtonpost.com 
01/04/2013
PARIS (AP) — Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.
The 1960s screen diva says authorities have ignored her "numerous proposals" to save Baby and Nepal, a pair of 42-year-old elephants dying of tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo.
 
 
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A woman demonstrates against the planned euthanasia of Baby and Nepal, two elephants suffering from tuberculosis, on December 19, 2012 outside the Parc de la Tete d'Or Zoo in Lyon, central eastern France. The two ailing middle-aged elephants that French officials have wanted put down have been given a Christmas reprieve after an appeal to President Francois Hollande and an Internet campaign to save them.
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In a statement on her foundation's website Bardot says that if the elephants are killed she will request Russian citizenship "to flee this country that is now just a graveyard for animals."
This week France was shocked to learn Depardieu, an Academy Award-winner and pillar of French cinema, had received Russian citizenship after he was called "pathetic" by France's prime minister in a bust-up over the country's proposed 75 percent income tax for the superrich.

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