Circus owner found guilty of three counts of animal cruelty

Animal Defenders International secretly filmed Anne the Asian elephant being mistreated. This man is not the circus owner, Bobby Roberts. Credit: Animal Defenders International

A circus owner has been given a three-year conditional discharge after being found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant.

Animal Defenders International secretly filmed the elephant being mistreated at Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire.

Animal Defenders International filmed Anne the Asian elephant last year between January and February
Animal Defenders International filmed Anne the Asian elephant last year between January and February. This man is not the circus owner. Credit: Animal Defenders International

Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal, which was filmed chained to the ground, and being hit with a pitchfork.

Anne the Asian elephant
Animal Defenders International secretly filmed Anne the Asian elephant being mistreated. This picture is not of the circus owner. Credit: Animal Defenders International

Roberts claimed he was unaware that Anne had been constantly chained and that the groom, who is believed to have returned home to Romania, had not followed his instructions.

To watch parts of the recording of the abuse, go to ITV Anglia. Some viewers may find the footage upsetting.

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Owner guilty of elephant cruelty

A circus owner has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering an elephant in Northamptonshire. The court was shown secret footage of the animal being hit with a pitchfork by a groom.