Former French screen goddess Brigitte Bardot on Friday threatened to follow Gerard Depardieu in asking for a Russian passport, in protest not at tax hikes, but at the treatment of two circus elephants.
The animals, named Baby and Nepal and owned by a touring circus, are thought to be carrying tuberculosis and were ordered to be put down by a court in Lyon, southern France, on Jan. 4 as a precautionary measure.
Bardot’s threat comes a day after fellow actor Depardieu caused a storm in France by becoming a Russian citizen in protest at high tax rates proposed by the Socialist government, which he accuses of penalizing success.
“If those in power are cowardly and impudent enough to kill the elephants ... then I have decided I will ask for Russian nationality to get out of this country which has become nothing more than an animal cemetery,” Bardot said in a statement.
1. be put down v. phr.
讓動物安樂死 (rang4 dong4 wu4 an1 le4 si3)
例: The dog is so old and can’t move around anymore, so we’ll probably have to put him down.
2. precautionary adj.
預先警戒的 (yu4 xian1 jing3 jie4 de5)
例: We call on the public to take precautionary measures before natural disasters.
3. nothing more than phr.
只有；不過是 (zhi2 you3; zhi3 bu2 guo4)
例: Jim Rohn says, “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day; while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”