A British circus owner was found guilty today of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne an Asian elephant who was taken from Sri Lanka.
Bobby Roberts the owner of the circus was 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.
Roberts, 69, who ran Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire, also failed to ensure the elephant's needs were met, by not giving her medication for her arthritis.
He was given a three-year conditional discharge at Northampton Crown Court but was not ordered to pay costs and was not banned from owning animals.
His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinery following a five-day trial.
Environmentalist, Attorney-at-Law Jagath Gunawardhana expressing his views to our news team elaborated on the legal frame work concerning animals subjected to cruelty in foreign nations who had been originally taken from Sri Lanka.
Speaking further Attorney-at-Law Jagath Gunawardhana had this to say.