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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.

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RSPCA: 'Pity' actual perpetrators could not be prosecuted

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said it was unfortunate that those who actually abused Anne the elephant could not be prosecuted. Spokeswoman Jody Gordon said:

Anyone looking at this shocking footage can see how this poor elephant suffered, and this clearly spells out how completely unacceptable this is.

It is only a pity those physically beating Anne in the film footage could not be prosecuted also.

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