Brigitte Bardot confronted France’s agriculture minister at the country’s biggest farm fair Sunday, demanding the government improve conditions under which animals are transported to slaughterhouses.
Animal rights activists want an eight-hour limit on journey times. Current European Union rules set no limits.
Agriculture Minister Jean Puech said he pushed the issue “with ardor” but other EU countries were opposed.
Bardot was invited to examine some prize animals at the fair.
“Of course the animals here are fantastic,” the former film star told one rancher. “This is like the Cannes Festival for French agriculture.”