Human chain for Bardot elephants

2013-01-06 18:14

Lyon - About 200 people formed a human chain at a French zoo Sunday to call for a reprieve for two ailing elephants whose death sentence has led Brigitte Bardot to threaten to go into exile in Russia.

"Justice for the elephants," chanted the crowd as they surrounded the cage in which Baby and Nepal live in the Tete d'Or zoo in Lyon.

The two elephants face being put down because they have been diagnosed with tuberculosis and deemed a threat to the health of other animals and visitors to the zoo.

Authorities in the central city ordered the elephants be put to sleep last month, prompting an outcry that resulted in them being granted a temporary reprieve over Christmas.

Cinema legend Bardot said on Friday that she would leave France if the reprieve was not made permanent.

In a surreal twist to the saga over fellow actor Gerard Depardieu's move into tax exile, the veteran animal rights campaigner said she would emulate his adoption of Russian nationality unless authorities intervened to save Baby and Nepal.


  • karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-06 18:32

    I salute people who stand for animal rights . And she was a hot looker in her day .

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-01-06 18:53

    Going to exile for the cause of jumbos... Utter madness!!!!!

      michael.taylorw - 2013-01-06 19:13

      There is no greater personal satisfaction, than making sacrifices, and standing up for a cause greater then oneself. Not madness my friend, but the beautiful side of human nature

      karl.vanrooyen - 2013-01-06 19:19

      That's nothing kwanele . When its raining my dogs sit in the front of my bakkie !!

      themba.khumalo.520 - 2013-01-06 20:21

      U right, Kwanele, that is indeed madness. Karl, please dont be so cruel. At least put the pooches INSIDE the bakkie, not in front. They might slide off the bonnet and u dont want Ms Bardot to be on your case.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-06 19:44

    Why does News24 ignore Justin Bieber smoking pot stories - are they protecting the organizers of his tour to SA - (NEWSER) – Caught laughing away and getting high on the day after a paparazzo died trying to snap shots of him, Justin Bieber semi-apologized on Twitter: "Everyday growing and learning. Trying to be better. U get knocked down, u get up," he wrote today. "I see all of u. I hear all of u. I never want to let any of you down. I love u." But in all fairness, the pop icon wasn't in his car when the photog got run down in Los Angeles, Us Weekly reports. See the happy-dope pics on TMZ, which notes that a girl ("NOT Selena") crashed with Bieber at a California hotel.

      stuart.steedman - 2013-01-06 20:08

      Because nobody cares about Bieber, and smoking pot is about as harmful as smoking cigarettes, and besides, it's a victimless crime.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-06 20:26

      Hey Stewie, I can guess what you've been smoking...

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-06 20:28

      Anyway, My beef is with News24 not Bieber. Almost all the stories we read come from overseas sources (international stories). Yet, this is the one they avoid - why? Can't help noticing that they avoid this one but will publish a story if he gets a new pimple...

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-01-07 11:37

      Well Mallory - unfortunately experience has taught me that on this site I would probably have gotten several "Hey, but why are our local stories coming from overseas?" comments... sigh... can't win. I'm so glad that my redundancy was wasted on you.

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