Update – Great news Annie the elephant is being released and will live out her days in Longleat with the Born Free foundation. Well done everyone, now lets help all the animals to be free from circuses, read the info below and follow the lonk
Here is the email from the RSPCA
The plight of Anne the elephant has captured the heart of the public. We are delighted to announce that Mr Roberts has agreed that Anne can be rehomed to a place where she will feel safe and secure.
Animal protection groups and Mr Roberts have agreed that Anne will be handed over to Longleat Safari Park as an immediate place of safety, where her condition can be assessed and she will receive veterinary attention. Longleat has facilities to house Anne and provide her with a secure environment with the best possible veterinary care.
At a meeting on 30 March 2011, Animal Defenders International (ADI), British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Born Free Foundation, Longleat, RSPCA and Specialist Wildlife Services, discussed the best options for this elderly elephant who has endured so much. It was agreed that steps should be taken to move Anne as soon as possible, with the priority being Anne’s welfare, safety and freedom from stress. Therefore the move will be carried out away from the public view.
We thank you again for your email and for your support in our campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Kind regards RSPCA HQ Advice Team
Many of you would have seen the disturbing footage of a beautiful elephant called Annie being beaten and kicked on the news and on the web, I myself cried at this poor friend being treated so badly and I decided to put this on my blog so that all you good people out there can sign this petition to free Annie. Personally I feel there is no place in our day and age for circuses, they are just outdated and barbaric just like bull fighting and bull running. I pray for the day when we treat animals with the highest respect because they are more intelligent, and loving than us humans. Thank you.
You can contact Northampton RSPCA and ask that Annie be removed ASAP and that you are behind them. http://rspca-northamptonshire.org.uk/contact-us/4542751868
Sign the petition to ban all animals from circuses http://www.ad-international.org/petitions/?a=sign&l=en&pid=2
Sign the petition to release Annie Please sign the petition here http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-annie-the-asian-elephant/
The following has been written by James Howie
Annie the Asian elephant was filmed being struck with a metal pitchfork, kicked in the face and body and shackled by heavy chains in the winter quarters of the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Polebrook, Northamptonshire. Images show the elephant being hit 48 times and reveal a poor feeding regime, Now I watched this video and I was angry I can’t put into words just how angry I was, Annie is such a beautiful Elephant very mild and I know that she must be very loving and tender her nature is far better than mine as she lives with this abuse but I will not stand for it and I know that you guys wont either its time she was taken away from this place and allowed a nice life a loving life a SAFE life. Help me fight this my fellow warriors.
Animal Defenders International (ADI). brought the video to the public and I thank them for that, we need warriors like you out catching this scum so we can stop it and free these animals so well done to you guys. Annie’s tragic story symbolises the plight of circus animals and is a shocking indictment of the circus industry at a key time as government considers a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
I ask the Governments to make sure that Annie and all Circus animals be released to wildlife sanctuaries where they can life a free and happy life, so they can be safe to live and love and to be loved, they are not here for the entertainment of people, We need to save life, be the voice for those who have none and protect the weak. With respect always James Howie.
Please sign the petition here http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-annie-the-asian-elephant/