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    Brigitte Bardot to Sputnik: 'I Expect Nothing From Hollande'

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    Brigitte Bardot, the actress and passionate animal rights activist told Sputnik that despite the scandal regarding the unethical treatment of animals that rocked France a few months ago, the government is unlikely to take any decisive action, and the TTIP agreement would only make things worse.

    The French superstar said that while many people were shocked by leaked footage that depicted extremely cruel treatment of animals at three slaughterhouses in France, this incident is unlikely to change the way animals are treated at such facilities.

    "This is disgusting, and many French people started consuming less meat as a result while some even became vegetarian. But slaughterhouses continue to operate just like before, with no improvement in sight," she said.

    According to Bardot, the current government is highly unlikely to make any progress in that area as it considers animals as merely a valuable commodity.
    Furthermore, she said, the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), if adopted, would be devastating for France’s economy and animal agriculture.

    "The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is madness in every sense of the word. The international trade is already very intensive, it bankrupts French producers and cattle breeders, so TTIP will become a sanitary, environmental and economic catastrophe," Bardot said.

    And though she recently wrote an open letter to French President Francois Hollande, Bardot said that she doesn’t expect him to take any action.

    "I do not expect anything from Hollande. He cannot make important decision concerning animal rights. But I hope that other candidates who would take part in 2017 elections will read that letter and consider it," she said.

    Bardot also remarked that while there is no country that could be considered a paragon in terms of animal rights protection, at least six or seven EU members have banned ritualistic animal sacrifice, and UK and Germany even banned hunting with dogs, which is definitely a big step forward.

    And finally, the legendary actress subtly hinted that considering the current developments, she might possibly consider applying for Russian citizenship.

    "I’m French, I was raised on profound values and I represent France. Alas, France has changed so much that I no longer recognize it. So my heart and my being reach out for Russia, because I love its language, music, dance, laughter, tears, and most of all its Slavic spirit. And you’re really lucky to have a president as remarkable as Vladimir Putin," she concluded.

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    animal abuse, animal rights, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Vladimir Putin, Francois Hollande, Brigitte Bardot, France
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