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Animal Actors

Jan 17, 2010

Zoos, aquariums, the circus, movies and tv shows… these are most of the ways humans have put animals in the spotlight. You might love to observe these animals, but if animals could talk to us… what would they say? Do they really want to act in movies and then stay prisoners in cages? Do they miss their families and homes in the wilderness?

Rosie in the Room

Rosie the Elephant is the latest animal to make it big in Hollywood. The movie is called “Water for Elephants” and it will be playing in theaters soon. But before you watch this movie you have to ask yourself this question… do you believe it’s right to capture elephants from the jungle… away from their families? If you believe it’s wrong, you might want to think twice about buying your ticket to go watch the movie.


Simple Solution

The fact is that if we all stopped buying tickets to watch these animal movies… if we stopped going to the zoos, the aquariums, and the circus… there would be no money and it would eventually stop people from capturing animals. It’s very simple… if there’s no money to make off of the animals, and then there is no point to capture them.

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On the other hand, some film crews, like National Geographic and Blue Planet, do a great job of filming animals in their natural habitat. So for all you animal lovers that want to see and learn about animals, this is probably the best way to observe them.

Ric O'Barry Blues

If you don’t believe that animal actors and animals in zoos are unhappy, you should listen to the story of Ric O’Barry. In the 1960s, he captured and trained many dolphins for the TV show “Flipper”. After the show became famous across the World, aquariums in every major city were paying thousands of dollars to capture dolphins. After working with the Dolphins everyday, Ric realized the dolphins were unhappy. He said that one of the dolphin actors that played “Flipper” committed suicide by refusing to breathe.


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Ric quit his job as a dolphin trainer and he now leads one of the biggest campaigns in the World to fight against the captivity of animals… specifically dolphins. If you are interested in what he has to say, there are tons of videos with him speaking on youtube.



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PerksBeingABookworm
photo:6446529  [ photo:6446529] (I tried both, one without brackets and one with as an experiment) The bracket won't go without a space though Doesn't seem to be working but I hoped this helped? Ha ha 
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rainbowpoptart posted in Random:
Sure thing. EDIT: Erm, I don't know if that's what that's supposed to be, lol. 
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"Tennis123" wrote: "PerksBeingABookworm" wrote: Yeah. It’s not really something I’d ever partake in but I’m not going to denigrate people for doing it either. Unless you’re drawing out the animal’s death, wasting the potential resources it offers, or it’s an endangered species. Like with white tail deer, they’re already over populated, culling the population a little would help the ecosystem more than it would harm it. Just have respect for the life of the animal. Why isn’t the killing of the animal the issue for you? You say “have respect for the life of the animal” but you can’t do that while simultaneously killing said animal. If someone thinks it’s ok to kill the animal, they must have a difference between the animal and a human that justifies the killing. And if the difference was applied to a human, they must also accept killing them, otherwise it’s a contradiction. With all due respect, I believe it is possible. When I say "have respect for the life of the animal," I mean you should respect the fact that you are potentially taking a life, and that action should be justified. The killing of an animal isn't an issue for me if it is justified and absolutely necessary.  And yes, there is a difference between animals and humans. While we too are animals, we are significantly more developed intellectually and biologically in comparison to the majority of other species. This is a fact, and it's why many of us are so comfortable with killing wild animals-we feel disconnected to them except in certain cases, such as species like dolphins, apes, horses, and dogs. Does that mean we should value the lives of animals any less? No. But while animals are by nature more primal, that doesn't negate the fact that if they have proven to be a legitimate threat to the ecosystem and/or society, there shouldn't be an issue with killing them (ex. rabid animals beyond help). This isn't solely limited to animals either, you can see it in our own human society in many ways. For instance, our society executes people who have committed atrocities of the highest level, but we still value human life. 
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Hi! If you're reading this, could you please type in: photo:6446529 but add [ to the beginning and ] to the end (no spaces)? Thank you! This is an image embed test, if you're curious (seeing if anyone can use images that I upload around the forums) not sure where this went, so I put it in general :P
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