Andra, the elephantess symbol of the Circus Rolando Orfei, died two mornings ago in Azzano San Paolo, in the province of Bergamo. For Lav his was a life spent “performing for human enjoyment, far from his natural environment”. The elephant was 63 years old and some time ago she had been the victim of an illness.
Andra, the elephantess symbol of the Circus Rolando Orfei, died two mornings ago in Azzano San Paolo, in the province of Bergamo. The animal had jumped to the headlines in 2009 for a case of mistreatment during a circus show in Greece: the images had aroused such indignation among citizens that the Greek government decided to ban the use of animals in circuses. Italy, however, has never endowed itself with a similar law so Andra was still used in exhibitions despite her no longer young age: the elephant, in fact, was 63 years old and continued to “perform” even after a illness had just in Azzano.
In recent years, volunteers from the Anti-Vivisection League (LAV) have repeatedly criticized the exploitation of Andra, “a life spent performing for human enjoyment, far from its natural environment”. The elephant was used in numerous performances despite her poor health conditions and unfortunately she died on Friday morning. “This story – comments Lav – shows once again, in the most dramatic way, how anachronistic are circuses with animals, and the urgency of a prohibition law. For this reason we appeal to Minister Franceschini, for a law that bans , definitively, the use of animals in circuses and shows “.
According to the animal rights association “Andra has been exploited to the last fragment of energy. We have tried in every way to take it away and make it savor the scent of freedom, but the current laws have not allowed it. Andra, his tears and his blood, become the symbol of the exploitation of animals in Italian and European circuses. They become the shadow with which all those who still tolerate and favor the subordination of animals for a sick form of human entertainment will have to live “.