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Anne the elephant

Posted: 31 May 2012. Updated: 12 April 2013

Tatler photo of Anne the elephant raises concerns

Longleat has permitted Tatler magazine, during a photoshoot for their latest issue, to take photos with Anne inside her enclosure and one of her keepers, who can be seen holding a bullhook. Read more...

Anne’s life and the ankus

ADI responds to comments made by Longleat concerning the use of the bullhook on Anne. Read more...

ADI welcomes news of hoped-for improvements for Anne at Longleat

In response to Longleat’s plans for Anne, ADI is pleased and relieved to see Anne in a better situation at Longleat. It is of great concern that it is now two years since Longleat arranged with Bobby Roberts to take Anne to their old elephant house (they had stopped keeping elephants over a decade ago) as a temporary place of safety. Read more...

The trial of Bobby & Moira Roberts

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Anne the elephant safe at last

Anne the elephant makes a safe journey to Longleat Safari Park after being handed over by Bobby Roberts Super Circus. Read more…

ADI Statement on Anne’s relocation to Longleat Safari Park

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Joint statement on Anne the elephant

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. Read more…

The battle to free abused elephant Anne brought to London

In the fight to rescue Anne the elephant, ADI representatives, Brian Blessed and politicians representing the main political parties took their ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ campaign directly to 10 Downing Street today. They presented a giant postcard to the Prime Minister, urging him to become involved and help bring about a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Read more…

ADI offers to rehome Annie the abused elephant

ADI appeals to Mr Roberts to do the decent thing and hand Anie over, for rehoming to a safe retirement. Read more…

Shocking new ADI cruelty exposé shames UK circus industry

ADI releases shocking footage from behind the scenes at the winter quarters of Bobby Roberts Super Circus, which graphically shows violence and confinement of circus animals, including Anne, an elderly, severely arthritic 57 year old elephant who was brutally hit with a metal pitchfork and kicked around the face and body. Read more…

Animal Defenders International welcomes early day motion on circus animal welfare

ADI welcomes today’s Early Day Motion on Circus Animal Welfare, highlighting concern about the welfare of wild animals in circuses and in particular the plight of Anne, the UK’s last remaining circus elephant. Read more…

Help us end Anne’s torment

Find out how you can help Anne the elephant and outlaw circus suffering. Read more…

The summer she almost died on tour – excerpts from Anne’s Diary

As our observations show, Anne the elephant symbolises all of the problems endured by animals in circuses. Read more…

Comments from the ADI veterinary surgeon who inspected Anne

ADI vet calls for Anne the elephant to be retired from circus life. Read more…

Anne: The UK’s last circus elephant

Anne the elephant is 52 years old, suffers from arthritis, and is touring the UK with Bobby Roberts Super Circus. For over ten years ADI have been following the plight of this tragic elephant, including flying a vet to her when she became desperately ill. Anne’s tragic story symbolises the plight of circus animals. Read more…

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