There was no Hollywood ending for Tai the elephant who appeared in the movie Water for Elephants with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, nor Rosie the elephant who appeared with Kevin James in Zookeeper.
Both are back at the circus, performing and giving rides with El Zagal Shrine Circus in North Dakota.
Water for Elephants was met with a storm of controversy as it opened worldwide last year after ADI released undercover footage of the elephants, including Tai and Rosie, being beaten and electric shocked at Have Trunk Will Travel. ADI released the footage after the film’s makers, stars, American Humane, Have Trunk Will Travel claimed the elephant had been treated with love and affection and never abused.
For a year Pattinson, Witherspoon and James have refused to comment on the horrific abuse that ADI exposed at Have Trunk Will Travel – where the elephant movie actors were beaten with bullhooks, punched and given electric shocks.
At the time we believed that Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon had been duped into thinking Tai had been humanely treated. We sent them the video and asked them to speak out. Not a word.
The abuse of performing animals in movies is not going to stop until the stars start to speak out. ADI are sending Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Kevin James our latest video. We want them to come out and condemn the abuse and back HR 3359, the Traveling Exotic Animals Protection Act (TEAPA) which would end the use of wild animals like elephants in circuses.
If you want to help ADI keep exposing the suffering, and help us end the torment of these animals, please donate today. ad-international.org/take_action/donate.php
Find out more about TEAPA by visiting: ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2265&ssi=10
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