Posted: 5 March 2014. Updated: 5 March 2014
ADI welcomes the news that, after a three-year wait, Anne the elephant will finally be given her own accommodation at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park. We are dismayed however that Longleat has scrapped plans for an elephant sanctuary and Anne will remain alone, without the company of other elephants, for the rest of her life.
Anne the elephant was saved from Bobby Robertsí Circus, after ADI released footage of her being beaten while chained to the ground, in 2011. Roberts was subsequently convicted of cruelty to Anne in 2012. She had been moved to Longleat in 2011.
The public shock over the cruelty towards Anne prompted many donations for her to be given a new life, and Longleat received a reported £335,000 for Anne. The adventure park promised to build an elephant sanctuary, which would have provided other elephants for Anne to have companionship of her own kind, an essential need for these family-loving animals.
ADI hopes that by the time her new accommodation is completed it will not be too late for Anne. It is tragic that three years have passed and the chance of giving Anne companionship appears to have been missed.