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Elephants in Thailand are abused to make paintings

I was looking through Youtube and saw one of those painting elephant videos. Pretty amazing right? The ability to depict an abstract yet recognizable form is something only humans have been able to do. Seeing this for the first time makes people think wow! elephants are so smart and creative, they’re just like people etc etc. It’s feel-good fun for the whole family, there’s no way this can be malicious, it’s not like people abuse animals for their own entertainment or anything….

But, people do abuse animals for profit and it’s no different here. The people who run these shows can sell the paintings for hundreds of dollars each. This kind of shit goes on all the time in developing countries. Scamming rich fucks out of their money is fine and Good but absolutely not at the cost of the abuse of these extremely intelligent incredible animals.

The elephants don’t know what they’re painting. They’re broken, abused, and directed by their trainers during their performance to move the brush in a memorized pattern. In the video I linked you can see the trainer hiding themselves behind the elephants legs. When they’re not giving them a fresh brush, the trainer pulls on Suda’s ear to indicate what kinds of strokes they should use. Making an elephant obedient like this is a horrific process. 

This is the shit they do to circus elephants to make them complacent. They did this to the painter elephants as well. (TW: animal abuse)

I just wanted to inform people of this because I couldn’t really find any easily find-able information like this in the related videos column to these. There are quite a few articles about this easily accessible from a google search but if someone just browsing through youtube might not think to find it.

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Animals Acting Human, 1923-1956

Ever since photography began, the genre of animals acting human as been a popular novelty. There is something about animals mimicking human behavior that is just too cute. Whether its “Carrots” the rabbit firing table tennis balls from a toy cannon, a lamb and a cat playing checkers or a cat hanging mice like laundry, its hard not to smile.

*whispers at PETA and extremist vegans* y'all need to stop being assholes to everyone like,,,, stop. Please. I eat animals and consume animal product but I'm a person who cares for them as well. I love them. I'm not some murderer. Stop accusing people of being so terrible. Honestly. Shoo fly don't bother people who consume animal product or take part in the dairy/egg/meat/animal industry.

Things that will always confuse me about fictional universes:

-Talking animals vs. Non-talking animals and implied inter-species cannabalism (Narnia explains this somewhat, and maybe Wicked)

-When animals act like humans, buy things and sign contracts, and how humans are okay with this yet still expect them to be pets.

-Animals owning other animals as pets. Like Mickey having Pluto as a pet and yet somehow is friends with Goofy.

-I’ve mentioned this before, but art styles, what counts as realism and cartoony, and what characters think of our version of realism.

-Spontaneously bursting into song and somehow being aware of it- like, sure singing is a good way to show a character’s inner thoughts, but something like Steven Universe will actively reference the time they started singing about a thing. Is it just a given people sing at any time in that world? I mean, Peridot makes sense because she sees it as patterns (music is really grounded in mathematics so) but-

-If a story takes place in France, for example, why do some characters speak in an American accent, some in French, and some in a BBC English accent?

-World history in universes that are somewhat grounded in reality (Apparently steven universe addresses this: real-life holidays don’t exist there )

-What happens to all the buildings destroyed in cartoons? I don’t mean the dark and gritty stuff like DC and Marvel, I mean things like The Powerpuff Girls. Were there people inside?

-The fact that Disney’s Pete, who for the longest time I thought was supposed to be a bulldog, is actually a cat. There is nothing thought-provoking about this, I’m just confused.

-Going through the wikipedia article apparently one of Pete’s legs is a convincing prosthetic. The only thing that confuses me is why this isn’t mentioned more often.

-Why the majority of human stand-ins in disney comics are dogs

…Honestly, i think it’s mostly disney comics that are confusing me.

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Some stories were never meant for children. We tell the story of a 14-year old Syrian girl - through her eyes. ‪

Shifter and proud

The meta about Scott, that argues he is worth being a True Alpha because in his alpha form he looks the most human, made me think about the following.

Humans have anthropocentric mindset. Even the gods look like Homo sapiens. It’s not surprising that for many TW fans “being human” (as in “having or showing those positive aspects of nature and character regarded as distinguishing humans from other animals: an act of human kindness”) is equal to “looking human” (as in “Having the form of a human”).

“Werecreatures are animals untill proved otherwise” - say hunters. The point the show tries to make? Werecreatures are people, just with a few different charactertistics from the majority. You know, like people with ectrodactyly are still human?

Scott indeed starts his fights without shifting. And he tries to not shift till the very end. Usually, it’s pain that makes his face change. And it isn’t good. He is doing it out of fear (to become Peter the monster), out of internal werephobia. He was born and raised as human, he was bit and turned without consent, there are hunters brainwashing him with their worldvies, I understand his predicament. 

However. To be a true werewolf, to be a true alpha (lowcase) is to understand and accept the werewolf nature. The Wolf is as part of a werewolf as The (naked ape) Human. No half is better than another. Strong werewolves shift from human form to beta/alpha form instantly, willingly, always in cotrol, always by their own choice (not forced by the Moon, not forced by fear , pain or being angry). The strongest werewolves shift from human form to wolf form. Not because they are physically stronger (beta Derek), because they are in piece with inner self. 

Being naked is natural to them. They love their human body.

Pranking kids with their shift is natural to them. They love the werewolf face.

Turning into a wolf is natural to them. They call it EVOLUTION.

Untill Scott learns to befriend his “monster” he is not a true alpha (lowcase), and surelly not the best alpha we know. Satomi also was born a human.

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Ever wonder how a child feels when forced to flee home? This is Mustafa’s story.

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Some of these you can already find individually on this blog, but this is just a great compilation!

This animated film, which Lasseter describes as “classically Disney,” was inspired by the idea of a movie anchored by talking animals who act like humans a la “The Wind in the Willows.” Humans don’t exist in the city of Zootopia and animals are divided into classes, where they face prejudice based on preconceived notions about their species. The plot focuses on bunny cop Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) — sidelined into a boring career meter maid because she’s the first rabbit in the police force — who teams with a fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to crack a missing mammal case.

One of the gags in the film, where Judy is stalled by an exchange with a sloth who works at the DMV, earned big laughs from the Cannes crowd (and landed with a bite that felt more Pixar than Disney). But the story is still a question mark: it could be great, or it could be something out of Disney Afternoon’s “Duck Tales” or “Darkwing Duck.”

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