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Screen legend Brigitte Bardot has donated the royalties she received from a recent French TV ad to animal welfare charities.

The actress was paid US$320,000 for her classic 1966 song Tu M’as Trop Menti to be used during a promotional campaign for a film festival in France. The actress is well known for her work with animals, and she has reportedly given the money to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.

Bardot retired from acting in 1974. In 1986 she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals and raised three million French francs to fund the foundation by auctioning off jewelry and personal belongings. Since then she has dedicated herself to animal welfare issues, and has made countless donations to the cause, including $140,000 for a mass sterilization and adoption program for Bucharest’s stray dogs.

Earlier this year, Bardot called for France to ban seal products, later writing to Barack Obama with the same request for the US.

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