a worthy boycott
In so many ways we like to think that in the “West” we are enlightened in our treatment of animals – that we know that animal abuse is wrong and basically the domain of future serial killers. I think that’s part of the reason that the recent Water for Elephants scandal is so upsetting.
I was also particularly upset because elephants are some of the most intelligent, gentle, beautiful animals that I have ever come across. In 2009 I spent some time volunteering at Elephant Nature Park outside of Chiang Mai getting to know some of these amazing creatures. Many of the elephants there had been severely abused and their stories were heartbreaking. I find it appalling that the same kind of brutal training is happening in a Hollywood studio (and frankly, whether it happened last year or in 2005 is irrelevant).
Please boycott this film. It looks like absolute drivel anyway, but even if you’re tempted to see it, don’t. Elephants should not be treated in this way.
(Dinner time at ENP. The animals are allowed to live as freely as possible but are somewhat restricted to keep them safe from further harm).