By Sarah Keane • 06 January 2021 • 17:52
OUTRAGE as photos show a gym owner using an elephant’s tusks to do pull-ups
Gym owner Emma Roberts has faced a world of backlash on social media following a photo of her performing pull-up using the tusks of an elephant at the Adventures with Elephants animal sanctuary in South Africa. Roberts has been slammed for being disrespectful and cruel, with one furious Twitter user saying: ’Can’t believe she did that. She doesn’t have common sense and empathy. The elephant deserves to be treated with respect. Be kind to them.’
However, Roberts has hit back at critics, saying that she wanted nothing more than to share a beautiful moment with her followers.
‘I do not agree that sharing an amazing moment with this animal is cruel in any way. However, there are many humans out there who only see the negative.
‘Beating elephants is cruel, riding them is not ideal, keeping them in horrible environments, and killing them for their ivory is cruel.
‘Those of you who have made this amazing experience for me feel like something I should be ashamed of… Shame on you.’
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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