Bardot slams Chirac for Christmas animal show

21st December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - French movie-star-turned-animal-rights-activist Brigitte Bardot has lashed President Jacques Chirac for putting on a children's Christmas show at his official Paris residence in which live bears, wolves and parrots were put on display.

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - French movie-star-turned-animal-rights-activist Brigitte Bardot has lashed President Jacques Chirac for putting on a children's Christmas show at his official Paris residence in which live bears, wolves and parrots were put on display.

Bardot told Chirac in a letter made public that she learned of the December 14 show with "horror" and "deep disappointment".

"My trust in you is broken and I am plunging into despair for all these animals that suffered," she wrote. Bardot, 71, runs the Bardot Foundation, a body that lobbies for animal rights in the world.

More than 600 children were invited to the Christmas show at Chirac's Elysee palace.

The president and his wife Bernadette sat with the audience as they watched a number of routines, including one in which a couple of animal trainers paraded wolves on leashes, chained bears and parrots.

The crowd included a dozen children from an association helping minors afflicted with leukaemia.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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