Former sex-kitten Bridget Bardot has her claws out and is threatening to leave France for Russia unless the government does something to prevent the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants dying of tuberculosis.
The pair of 42-year old pachyderms, Baby and Nepal, were first diagnosed with the disease back in 2010, according to owners Cirque Pinder, but have been kept in isolation at the Lyon Zoo for the past two years.
"If those in power are too cowardly and impudent enough to kill the elephants, then I have decided I will ask for Russian nationality to get out of this country, which has become nothing more than an animal cemetary," she stated.
Bardot first rose to fame in the 1956 Roger Vadim film"And God Created Women." The film turned her into one of the most famous sex-symbols during the sixties. Bardot retired from the screen ten years later and became a semi-recluse, devoting her time and energy to her Bridgette Foundation for animal rights. She has often taken aim at Eid-al-Adha festivities when Muslims slaughter sheep, and was convicted in 2008 for a 5th time in 11 years for incitement to religious hatred.
She has also fought for gay rights and acted as an advocate for the unemployed. Her threat to relinquish her French citizenship came one day after fellow actor Gerard Depardieu announced that he was leaving the country in protest over of a proposed 75% income tax for the super rich.