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Animal rights group: "These practises will not stop until the use of wild animals in circuses is prohibited"

“Inspection after inspection fails to identify this abuse. In addition, so many industry witnesses admitted this is acceptable practice; indeed the defence claimed Anne should not be chained all day but for a staggering 13.5 hours a day, more than four times as much as is permitted in zoos. These practices will not stop until the use of wild animals in circuses is prohibited by law.”


The circus owner Bobby Roberts has been found guilty of three charges related to causing suffering to Anne the elephant, the oldest elephant in Europe. His wife Moira Roberts was cleared of all charges.

An animal charity secretly filmed Anne being abused as she was chained to the floor all day.

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A circus owner from Northamptonshire was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the elephant.

Bobby Roberts was convicted on three counts of unnecessary suffering also of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal.

The 69-year-old who ran Super Circus in Cambridgeshire also failed to ensure the elephant was given medication for her arthritis.

His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial at Northampton Crown Court