Worker Caught Beating Circus Elephant
Annie whacked repeatedly by cruel minder
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 28, 2011 5:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – A British circus worker has been filmed repeatedly kicking and slamming a docile elephant with a pitchfork in her face and body as she was chained in her enclosure. The film of 57-year-old Asian elephant Annie was taken by Animal Defenders International and has triggered a joint investigation by local police and a British animal agency. Annie was beaten some 48 times in a single month while the film was being shot, according to Animal Defenders, which is seeking to relocate the animal to a sanctuary. Owners of the Bobby Roberts Super Circus said they were horrified by the actions of Annie's minder, who has since left his job, reports the Guardian.