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Brigitte Bardot threatens to flee France over sick elephants

Jan 04, 2013 | 9:15am EST

The Viva Maria! star has been a staunch animal advocate for years and after allegedly sending "numerous proposals" to authorities begging them to save Baby and Nepal, who are dying of tuberculosis at a zoo in Lyon, she has vowed to leave the country as a sign of protest if they don't heed her request.

Explaining her decision in a statement on her website, Bardot insists she refuses to live in a place that is simply a "graveyard for animals."

This is the second time the European nation has earned bad press from a celebrity as of late - Oscar-winning actor Gerard Depardieu is in the process of becoming a self-imposed exile in a bid to avoid plans to heavily tax France's richest people.

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