​Bardot Leaving France If Lyon Zoo Puts Down Elephants

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January 7, 2013
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Brigitte Bardot claims she will be leaving France if a Lyon zoo uses euthanasia on two elephants. She’s had enough of the animal rights abuses that are allegedly going on in the country.

The French actress, known for making bikini’s popular in the early 1960′s, claims that she will apply for Russian citizenship if the animals are put down.

“If those in power have the cowardice and insolence to kill the two elephants Baby and Nepal … I have decided to ask for Russian nationality in order to flee this country, which is now just an animal cemetery,” Radio France Internationale reported the 78-year-old actress said in a statement posted on the website of the Brigitte Bardot Foundation, her animal rights group.

The elephants, 42, who are suffering from tuberculosis, are considered a threat to the other animals and visitors at the zoo. As a precautionary a Lyon court ordered that the elephants, owned by a touring circus, be put to sleep.

According to Bardot, 78, authorities have ignored her “numerous proposals” to save Baby and Nepal.

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.”