There are two ways of training Elephants. One relies on instilling fear. The other -- on building trust. We present... you decide.
"Elephant in the Room" is a documentary about the ongoing conflict in the animal world regarding the handling of elephants (and other animals) in zoos, circuses and private facilities. Though often touted as a free vs. protected-contact issue, it's really all about dominance/fear vs. positive reinforcement/trust based methods.
It's a subject that's generated a mountain of controversy for professionals in the field -- it's also an issue the average person knows virtually nothing about.
To be clear, we are staunch supporters of good animal facilities and their ability to inspire generations of conservationists, trainers and animal lovers. However, given the options available today, we believe the antiquated training methods often used need to be given a fresh look.
We intend to take our "look" at this issue in a comprehensive manner using:
- Interviews with celebrity animal supporters, including actress Carolyn Hennesy who stars in the new season of the wildly popular HBO series, "True Blood." Please visit her website at www.carolynhennesy.com.
- Interviews with industry leaders including pioneers in the positive reinforcement movement as well as practitioners of more traditional training methods.
- Live-action footage of elephant training and care from locations around the world.
- Existing videos of incidents and historical footage.
So far, we have funded everything out of our own pockets. We are now in the home-stretch and are trying to raise funds for final on-location filming and post-production editing.
This is a very important issue and we need to make people aware of what is going on. Your contributions really will make a significant difference in the lives of elephants around the world! So PLEASE, help us to spread the word and contribute if you can!
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Our intimate knowledge of this industry allows us to examine this subject in a comprehensive manner, presenting both sides of the spectrum.
A common challenge in trying to piece together a documentary of this nature is that people who don't trust you, do not agree to talk to you. Given our long histories in the zoological world and with individuals on every side of this issue, we have unprecedented access to interviews, facilities and honest conversations that have never before been shown.
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