Martin Clunes dropped over 'exploitative' elephant trip

Actor Martin Clunes has been dropped as a patron of an animal welfare charity after footage emerged of him driving an elephant in Nepal.

He confronted fierce social media criticism after climbing on the creature throughout final week’s episode of ITV programme My Travels And Different Animals.

In a press release, Born Free confirmed Clunes’ “deeply unlucky” departure for driving a “captive, wild” elephant.

It stated Clunes’ actions bolstered a observe it’s “resolutely in opposition to”.

“Born Free has at all times been against the exploitation of captive wild animals for leisure and human interactions.

“There’s clear proof that coaching, preserving and driving captive elephants causes misery and struggling,” the charity added.

Mr Clunes’ representatives have been contacted by the BBC for remark however are but to reply.

Issues raised
In the course of the episode the actor expressed open concern about driving the mammal, however stated utilizing the animals for vacationer functions was “a kinder life than hauling heavy logs”.

After clumsily climbing atop the elephant, he’s proven apologising, saying: “I did not need to harm her.”

The scenes prompted sturdy response, together with from Born Free’s president Will Travers, who informed The Each day Mirror it was “deeply unlucky”.

The Males Behaving Badly star was trending on social media all through Tuesday morning because of this.