Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)
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Wikipedia says Topsy the elephant was executed for killing her trainer, James Fielding Blount.
Blount was a spectator. An idiot who decided to harass the elephants, and when Topsy lashed out, the circus was probably just glad that the incident drew more crowds to see the killer elephant Topsy. When another attack occurred, Topsy was sold and its handler William Alt followed. Alt proved to be an utter ass (one time he stabbed the elephant with a pitchfork) and was eventually fired. The owners tried to get rid of Topsy, but no one wanted her so she was executed. There was an admission fee, which just goes to show that Topsy was used for money and publicity right up until the end.
An interesting, albeit sad, case of animal abuse, and one would hope that the situation has changed. Unfortunately, there are still elephant "shelters" where they are paraded in front of flock of tourists and beaten and tortured.
I'm never going to watch this piece.
I don't support capital punishment for elephants. I do, however, agree we should keep the death penalty around for narwhals and spider monkeys.
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This movie ranks #13 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
This movie ranks #132 in Brief Encounters