Asian elephants are being abused for your entertainment — and the new documentary, “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story” shows the horrifying way they are “broken” so you can ride them or see them in a zoo.
“Every single captive Asian elephant in the world has gone through something called “the crush box,” and that is where an elephant is taken away from its mother has a baby and put into a box and tied up with all four legs, they are beat straight for 24 hours for a week until the bond between the elephant and its mother is broken and replaced by the fear of a man and the fear of the bullhook,” explained the documentary’s director Ashley Bell.
The film follows conservationist Lek Chailert as she rescues a 70-year-old blind elephant name Noi Noa, who was brought to the sanctuary after decades of abuse.
Lek is hopeful that we can save the elephants despite the fact that there are fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants left. But to get there, we need education.
“We have to stand up and see what is happening, what’s going on, and bring that message to educate others. We can’t just expect to see the beautiful picture,” she explained. “I believe education is the big window and the key to change.”