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Anne the elephant circus abuse: Bobby Roberts guilty

A circus owner has been found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a performing elephant.

Bobby Roberts, 69, was found guilty of mistreating 58-year-old elephant Anne and was given a three-year conditional discharge.

The court had been shown secretly-filmed footage of the animal being struck with a pitchfork by a groom, who is believed to have returned home to Romania.

The video was recorded by welfare group Animal Defenders International (ADI) over a number of weeks, between 21 January and 15 February 2011.

Some may find the images in Mike Cartwright's report distressing

  • 23 Nov 2012
  • From the section UK
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