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Beaten Elephant Retired

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elle411Earlier this week, PETA’s blog posted undercover video footage taken by London-based Animal Defenders International showing a handler who used a pitchfork and a club to viciously beat an elephant named Annie. When confronted with the video, the elephant’s owner, Bobby Roberts, wisely scrambled to save face by allowing Annie to retire from his “Super Circus” and spend the rest of her days at Longleat, an 80-acre drive-through safari park in Wiltshire, England.

Like most elephants in captivity, 58-year-old Annie suffers from painful arthritis, and her health was too poor for her to perform. Four years ago, PETA offered to pay for Roberts to visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, hoping that he would retire Annie there, but Roberts never responded to our offer. Unfortunately, it seems to have taken video footage of a vicious beating to prod him into action.

Meanwhile, PETA U.K. is still urging its members and supporters to e-mail the U.K. animal welfare minister and ask him to push through a bill prohibiting animals from being used in circuses. Here in the U.S., you can help elephants still suffering in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus by e-mailing the USDA and urging it to confiscate the Ringling’s abused elephants.

 This post originally appeared on The PETA Files.

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    Declair says...

    April 7th, 2011, 3:07 pm

    Bobby Roberts needs to be prosecuted for his brutality and suffering he has done to Annie and all other animals. He should never be allowed to own, or work with animals again. I want justice.

    cath ens says...

    April 8th, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Declair – send your comments to the U.K. minister involved – let him know that others are concerned over the way Annie was abused and that it shouldn’t happen to other animals in the future – one of the only ways to ensure that it doesn’t happen, is to prevent animals from being in cirucuses in the first instance….please speak up on behalf of animals….

    Barbara says...

    April 8th, 2011, 6:45 pm

    I’d find out the name and address of the creep beating Annie and I would make sure he woke up in the ER. That animal was chained up on two legs. She couldn’t fight back even if she wanted too. This poor elephant has spent her life being beaten just like this by sadistic nut balls this circus hired. What was the elephant doing? NOTHING. Time to shut’um down. All of these circuses are like this including the ones in the US.

    Anne says...

    April 8th, 2011, 7:58 pm

    So much for the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!” Where is justice when it is obviously needed? How can these perverts get away with beating circus animals over the years and why do people still buy tichets and take their kids to see all this fun?

    The truth should be spread all over the globe and the end of every circus should be in sight. It is shocking beyond comprehension.

    Annepan

    kate says...

    April 8th, 2011, 8:10 pm

    I have a 2 yr old, and we will never attend a circus. I wish we could do more the save these beautiful animals from abuse, who needs to see a stupid circus anyway, it’s not entertainment when you know what happens behind the scenes, I wish we could ban animals from circus acts altogether.

    Sharon says...

    April 8th, 2011, 9:46 pm

    My family will never attend a Ringling Brothers death camp. GOD’s wrath will be everything you need. Why don’t you take your kids to work and show them what you do?

    Minnie says...

    April 8th, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Even though some species of animals cannot express pain like we humans who do have feelings, I feel Annie’s loneliness and betrayal through these needless tortures done to her by the employee’s who are less than human to do this to one of God’s creatures.

    Linda says...

    April 8th, 2011, 10:43 pm

    I have two children who are now 22 and 20 years old. I have NEVER taken them to a circus and supported this kind of inhumane treatment on those poor defenseless animals. I would love to be able to put Bobby Roberts and his posse in chains and treat them the way that they treated these animals. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law!! DON”T SUPPORT THIS BY GOING TO THE CIRCUS OR ANY OTHER FUNCTION WHERE ANIMALS ARE USED FOR THE ATTRACTION OF OTHERS!!!!

    Linda

    DANIELLE says...

    April 9th, 2011, 12:02 am

    That pervert sould be put away in jail , where he belongs ( preferably not in isolation…;0) ) and circuses should NEVER, EVER be allowed to use ANY animals in their acts… ( maybe that “pervert” should be shackled and”trained to perform” ….HAHAHAHAA)
    …sorry….people like that just get the worst out of me….

    jaya says...

    April 9th, 2011, 3:02 am

    For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

    Paul says...

    April 9th, 2011, 6:38 am

    I was going to post a comment but I am afraid I cannot find the words to express my feelings towards those sick bastards. I do hope they rot in the depths of hell.

    Michelle says...

    April 9th, 2011, 8:04 am

    When humankind will realize how distructive “humans” are?
    I’ve never attended a circus show and never will.
    I hope these people realize the suffering they induce and stop abusing animals.

    Anne-Marie says...

    April 9th, 2011, 11:20 am

    Quelle bande de salops. Qu’ils pourrissent tous en enfer. Je regrette vraiment que ce pauvre éléphant soit trop gentil pour se venger. J’espère que ces crevures connaîtront la haine, la violence et les atrocités qu’ils se permettent d’infliger à ces innocents animaux. Il faut que ces montres payent le prix fort c’est tellement facile de s’en prendre à des animaux enchaînés. J’espère qu’ils vont récolter très rapidement la monnaie de leur pièce. Ils me font vomir ces tarés.

    Ferdinand Freinthaler says...

    April 9th, 2011, 1:55 pm

    boykott aller zirkusse mit tieren würde ,so glaube ich zum umdenken beitragen

    Maureen says...

    April 9th, 2011, 3:05 pm

    This is appalling that this poor animal, who was chained and totally defenseless, was being beaten with a pitchfork and rod for no other reason than pure sadistic ones. How would he like to be chained and beaten like that? At least Annie is now free from this despicable being but what about those other animals you see in this video that he and his workers are obviously abusing?
    This makes me so angry and sad that people have such disregard for animals…they should not be in circuses to begin with…I say Ban all animals from circus acts and these roadside zoos!

    rossano says...

    April 9th, 2011, 3:22 pm

    ONLY JUSTICE !!!!! NOW !!!!

    Judy says...

    April 9th, 2011, 4:36 pm

    A happy ending long overdue. Another example of why animal’s should not be in circuses or entertainment.

    I get very angry seeing this type of brutality and I find it extremely painful to watch the videotape.

    Bobby Roberts, the scum, needs to be held accountable for his actions and never allowed to own another animal or work in any animal industry.

    I will take action as suggested in this story and share it with my FaceBook friends.

    Judy says...

    April 9th, 2011, 9:23 pm

    I just wanted to say that there are so many caring and compassionate people here.

    We could use more in the world.

    I made an error in my earlier comment. I thought that the scumbag caught on tape was Bobby Roberts later to discover that it was someone in his employ. What really made me sob was the fact that the scumbag was beating Annie on her arthritic leg.

    However, Bobby Roberts still needs to be held accountable.

    Pat says...

    April 11th, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Lets hope this will be the last of it. These people should be tied up and thrown in jail!

    Sue says...

    April 12th, 2011, 1:54 am

    Bless you Annie – live out and enjoy the rest of your days in peace and harmony

    Diana says...

    April 12th, 2011, 2:44 pm

    Thanks to God for Annie’s deliverance, and may many more follow her. Man is said to be of “higher intelligence”–what a sick joke! Elephants are so smart they would gladly respond to friendship, but they become prisoners instead. In the meantime, rapists and murderers go free! What a world! May these hideous excuses for humanity spend eternity in hell being treated exactly the way they’ve treated these precious, innocent animals! It is my belief that people like these are also a threat to humanity. I would not want to do business with an animal abuser.

    Arup Ray says...

    November 20th, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Elephants are sentient beings. I am now convinced now that it is humans who are the mindless savages who inhabit this earth.
    As a Hindu, I weep for the suffering of this beautiful being who has been subjected to such torture by her mindless, depraved “carers”.
    I am so glad however that in this country, we have people who make the effort to record and prosecute the deviants who behave in such extremely cruel ways and I hope that Annie, in her twilight years, will find it in her heart to forgive us as humans as she is cared for at Longleat.
    I will make arrangements to donate as much as I can afford to Longleat in gratitude for their compassion

    Elecam says...

    March 16th, 2013, 8:41 pm

    The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee has streaming web cam so viewers can unobtrusively view the residents’ daily routine.
    The Sanctuary girls are far more enjoyable and “entertaining” to watch as they play, swim, enjoy time with friends-in short just live-than any cruelly trained tricks or forced performances.
    SUPPORT SANCTUARIES, SHUTTER CIRCUSES!

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