Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Joint statement on Anne

Posted: 30 March 2011. Updated: 17 April 2015

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 today 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 public view.

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How you can help

We urgently need your help to save animals like Anne, and stop this suffering once and for all.

  • Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
  • Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.
  • Join our Street Team and raise awareness in your local area.
  • Make a donation and help fund our campaign to end circus suffering.
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