Do you remember Juliette West? You know … she’s the high school student whose documentary How I Became an Elephant is winning awards and changing the way people see animals who are used for entertainment.
I got to see How I Became an Elephant at a screening here in West Hollywood, California, last night, and it was stunning! Although it focuses mostly on how elephants are beaten, neglected, whipped, and used in Thailand (including some heartbreaking video footage of how baby elephants are “broken” in order to be trained), it also touches on something that each and every one of us can do: NEVER buy another ticket to a circus, a zoo, an aquarium, or anywhere else where animals are treated like they are here to entertain us. News flash: They’re not!