Gerard Depardieu might not be the only French actor to leave France for Russia. Former actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to do the same.
However, the 78-year-old, who retired from acting in 1973, is not angry over tax hikes like Depardieu. Instead she is protesting a recent decision by the French court to euthanize two circus elephants, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The elephants, named Baby and Nepal, are suffering from tuberculosis and were ordered to be put down on Friday, January 4.
The two elephants have been in quarantine since 2010. Bardot has been a supporter for medical treatment of the animals and released a statement on her website about the decision.
"If those in power have the impudence and cowardice and kill the two elephants ... I have decided to ask for Russian citizenship to flee the country, which has become nothing more than an animal cemetery," she said according to the news site.
The Hollywood Reporter also notes that Bardot once issued a public thank you in December 2011 to Russian President Vladimir Putin after he banned the trade of seal fur.
Bardot, a model and actress who became a sex symbol of the 50s and 60s, is known for films like "...And God Created Woman," "Contempt" and "Le Mepris." After she retired from the industry, she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals in 1986.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Depardieu Russian citizenship after the actor renounced his French citizenship over his disagreement with a proposed tax hike in France.