Sunday, March 27, 2011

Cruelty to elderly circus elephant caught on video

A hidden camera has recorded footage of circus workers in the UK kicking a 57-year-old elephant, and striking her with a metal pitchfork.

Shocking new ADI cruelty exposé shames UK circus industry from Animal Defenders on Vimeo.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) released footage from behind the scenes at the winter quarters of Bobby Roberts Super Circus, (in Polebrook, Northamptonshire) showing Anne, an Asian elephant, being repeatedly struck while tethered to the floor by a short chain. During a three-and-a-half week period 48 strikes were recorded.

The elephant, who suffers from arthritis, was chained during the entire period, only able to take one step forward or backwards.

Anne was captured in the wild, in Sri Lanka, as a baby. When she was young, she was one of several elephants performing with Bobby Roberts Super Circus, but she is now Britain's last circus elephant.

The video also shows workers striking horses and ponies, and one is seen spitting at a camel.

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