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Battle to give tortured chimp Trudy a new life

The Express


CIRCUS trainer Mary Chipperfield was yesterday convicted of savagely beating a young chimpanzee in a case that could sound the death knell for performing animals in Britain. The 61-year-old big top owner was said to have carried out a frenzied attack with a riding crop on an 18month-old chimp called Trudy She also kicked it. She was found guilty of 12 charges relating to three attacks on the chimp and was cleared of nine charges relating to other animals. She will be sentenced in April while legal arguments about what happens to Trudy are resolved. Last night, a desperate battle was launched to ensure that Trudy never goes back to the circus. Mrs Chipperfield, who was jostled by animal rights supporters shouting "bitch" and "scum" as she left the court, sparked further uproar by instructing her barrister to apply for the return of Trudy, who is now said to be "traumatised" at an animal sanctuary.Charles Gabb, prosecuting, asked the court to forbid Mrs Chipperfield from getting Trudy back. But Mrs Chipperfield's barrister, Ann Rafferty, argued that technically Trudy is owned by a company, so an order would not be valid. At the Monkey World sanctuary in Wareham, Dorset, yesterday, director Jim Cronin said: "No way will we let her go back to that woman. It would be more appropriate if the court banned Mary Chipperfield from keeping animals." "Trudy has lost two finger tips on her left hand and the tip of one toe. Mentally she was in an appalling state and was completely motionless, just like a rag doll. We have seen the same thing in other abused chimps - frightened of everything."

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