Moscow, Jan 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former French sex siren Brigitte Bardot has said she will have to become Russian if the French authorities do not drop their plan to put down two sick elephants at a zoo in Lyon.
"If those in power have the cowardice and impudence to kill the two elephants Baby and Nepal despite all the proposals made by my foundation, then I have decided to ask for Russian nationality in order to escape this country which has become nothing but an animal cemetery," the 77-year-old Bardot said in a statement Friday.
The two elephants have been suffering from tuberculosis, and Lyon city authorities have insisted that they should be put to sleep as they pose a threat to other animals in the zoo and its visitors.
Backed by Bardot, an ardent animal rights activist, a public campaign urging to save the elephants has collected thousands of signatures.
Bardot's statement came a day after the Kremlin announced its decision to grant a Russian passport to French actor Depardieu, who recently renounced his French citizenship after the Socialist government proposed a top income-tax rate of 75 percent on high-wealth residents. In comparison, Russia has the fixed tax rate of 13 percent.