I attended the screening of Tyke Elephant Outlaw which was apart of the Hawaii International Film Festival. Tyke was a African circus elephant that turned on her trainer and ended up killing him during a 1994 show in Honolulu. Tyke proceeded to escape to the city streets and experienced freedom for the first time since her capture in the 1970s. This film covered a couple different point of views of the circus and how the animals are treated. I am very passionate about animal rights and do not see circuses as a constructive form of education. Elephants performing in tutus is simply a cruel form of exploitation. Animals performing for our entertainment is something that I do not agree with. I try to envision the animals point of view. No animal would chose a life in captivity to entertain humans over a life of freedom in their natural habitat.There were multiple moments during the film that my fists tightened while listening to the opinions of people in the circus industry that think what they do is okay because the people love it and are being educated about the animals during their shows.
Overall, I thought the film was excellent. Even though I could not stand to listen to some of the opinions of the circus workers, I understand why those opinions were voiced in the film. Understanding the perspectives of the people we don’e agree with can help our arguments for the future to rebuttal and educate these people.