Brigitte Bardot threatens to join Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile

PARIS, FRANCE: Ex-film star and a prominent animal rights campaigner Brigitte Bardot (L) smiles to photographers 16 July 2001 after a meeting with French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in Paris. Their talks focused on the animal rights. AFP PHOTO JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Sex symbol-turned-animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot is threatening to join actor Gerard Depardieu in Russian exile unless France halts the scheduled euthanasia of two sick circus elephants.

The 1960s screen diva says authorities have ignored her "numerous proposals" to save Baby and Nepal, a pair of 42-year-old elephants dying of tuberculosis at a Lyon zoo.

In a statement on her foundation's website Bardot says that if the elephants are killed she will request Russian citizenship "to flee this country that is now just a graveyard for animals."

This week, France was shocked to learn Depardieu, an Academy Award-winner and pillar of French cinema, had received Russian citizenship after he was called "pathetic" by France's prime minister in a dust-up over the country's proposed 75 percent income tax for the superrich.