Monday 03 June 2019 | 67

Elyo needs us more than ever!

Despite our many actions to defend the cause of Elyo, the circus people still hold him. So far, the authorities have remained deaf and blind to our repeated complaints and the great distress of this lion. We don’t give up and demand the High Court of Laval that the suffering of this animal on the verge of madness is finally recognized.

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Seven steps in one direction, turn around, seven steps in the other and seven steps in another direction ... This is the incessant ballet of Elyo, from one end to the other of his ridiculous cage. It’s this preoccupation of walking aimlessly around that kills time and which marks his desperate existence. The poor lion is still a hostage with these circus people. Since we began our efforts to free him, he has seen more than 365 additional days go by ... Each minute, each second, are all like incessant blows upon him which kill him a little more.

Expert advice

We sought the advice of Donald Broom, a retired professor in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. His glance at Elyo's situation is clear. He denounces the cruelty of those who impose such an ordeal on him. For this world specialist in animal welfare, the beast obviously has an abnormal behaviour and his stereotypical movements are the blatant expression of his distress. He also points out that Elyo also spends a lot of time sitting around doing nothing. "He may be unconscious and listless during these times, which is another indicator of very poor living conditions." Thus, languishing at the bottom of his cramped trailer, without the slightest social contact, inconsolable since the mysterious disappearance of his brother Chirkane, Elyo is on the brink. He rubs against the bars of his cage until the blood flows as others would do to open a vein to finish it all.

Immobilization of the authorities

The assessment by Donald Broom coincides with another report by a veterinarian mandated by the Public Prosecutor of Dunkirk at the time of our first complaint against the circus in April 2018. In his report, which we managed to obtain a copy of, he attests black and white that Elyo suffers from serious shortcomings in care and that he presents a marked malaise. Suffering from an immense distress and suffering. An observation as explicit and as alarming as this, should have moved the authorities! And yet, no ... Not an inch! Worse still: the case has been closed ! We are astonished by this obvious disregard for the suffering of an ill-treated lion, as much as by we are with that of the law, which is supposed to regulate the detention of circus animals ! Will it silence us ? On the contrary ! We are more determined than ever to save this big cat from hell and have their rights recognized. This time, we have filed a complaint with the High court of Laval, the hearing will take place on June 7th at 9 a.m. And we will roar as hard as it takes to finally be heard !

We will be there on June 7th at 11am in front of the Prefecture of Mayenne, place Jean Moulin, please join us ! Find the information on the Facebook page of the event.
For Elyo, as well as all the other felines sequestered in circuses, please sign our petition !

Marie-Sophie Bazin
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Roselyne | Thursday 20 June 2019

Merci ONE VOICE pour votre engagement, votre persévérance et vos victoires.. Très belle nouvelle vie au roi des animaux .. et très vite j'espère la même chose pour Samba! Bravo

Zlola | Monday 17 June 2019

C’est toujours une grande joie d’apprendre qu’un pas en faveur du droit des sans voix a pu être franchi. Félicitations et merci pour votre persévérance et pugnacité face à l’indifférence des institutions qui signifie aussi leur indifférence à la volonté manifestée de la majorité des français. Bravo de remuer cette inertie institutionnelle

Françoise | Monday 17 June 2019

Bravo pour tout ce que vous faites pour les animaux des cirques et les autres. Continuez à vous battre pour nous qui sommes les sans voix. Merci et encore bravo.

Chrisjo | Tuesday 11 June 2019

Pauvre loulou ! C'est honteux de les maltraiter ainsi, déjà qu'ils sont loin de leur savane et coupés de tous leurs liens parentaux.