The largest land mammal has been put on display long enough. It’s time for elephants to be respected for the gentle giants (when not provoked, that is) they were meant to be and leave them alone.
Whether on TV or in the movies, elephants are being exploited and most likely abused. While a film’s credit might read “No harm was done to the animals in the filming of this movie—signed the American Human Association,” no one is regulating the training of these animals to see what harm is being done behind the scenes or how they live when not working in a set.
When you purchase a ticket to see a film with an elephant in it, you are supporting cruelty to animals. When television shows depicting elephants as entertainers garner high ratings, viewers are supporting animal cruelty. The elephants used in these productions are rented from companies formed exclusively to provide film and television producers with animals. The elephants are commodities in a transaction destined to bring both sides of the deal a great deal of money.
If you want to see films about elephants, watch documentaries. There is no need to support for-profit ventures that use animals as props for their story lines. In addition, film producers do not have to do without footage of elephants. They can superimpose live footage of these magnificent animals in their natural environment. What a terrific way to educate the public about wild animals and keep them safe. For, when you think about it, elephants belong with their families, not on a screen for your family to gawk at.