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by Kara DiCamillo
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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Photo: San Francisco Sentinel

Shocking new video has been released by Animal Defenders International that shows the animal star of Water for Elephants being abused by its trainers.

The movie, starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, depicts Tai the elephant covered in blood and suffering from bruises and injuries, but it’s mostly computer-generated and the blood used is fake. The producers of the movie have said that the animals weren’t harmed in the filming. Even the American Humane Association (AHA) had monitors on the set and gave the film their “No Animals Were Harmed” in the making certification.

But now, apparently, the video from 2005 shows Tai being stunned by electric shocks and hit with large metal hooks before crying out in pain when shot with a stun gun while performing a headstand.

Obviously the elephant learned the tricks prior to the movie, however, to note is that none of the footage from the video was taken during Tai’s training for Water for Elephants.

If you want to see the footage for yourself, ADI has the full video on their website.

Via: ContactMusic.

About Kara DiCamillo

Kara began her writing career with TreeHugger.com in January 2005 and is also a contributing writer for TriplePundit, 1-800-RECYCLING.com, Sierra Club Green Home, EcoSalon and her local Newport Patch. Beyond the moat that surrounds her Newport, Rhode Island home, Kara has backpacked Mt. Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director.

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