Top Documentaries - Animals in Entertainment

 

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Tyke Elephant Outlaw (2015, runs 78 min.) 

The life of Tyke, a circus elephant who went on a rampage in 1994 in Honolulu and died in a hail of gunfire. Her former trainers, witnesses to her rampage, and animal rights activists discuss the use of animals in the entertainment industry.

 


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Blackfish  -  (2013, runs 90 mins.)

The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals. 

 

 
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The Cove  -  (2009, runs 92 mins.)

In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process.

 


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Pedigree Dogs Exposed  -  (2008, runs 60 mins.)

Pedigree Dogs Exposed is a BBC One investigative documentary which looks into health and welfare issues facing pedigree dogs in the United Kingdom. The film shows how dogs are suffering acute problems because looks are emphasized over health when breeding dogs for shows. 

 


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Earthlings -  (2004, runs 95 min.)

Documentary featuring a brief overview of each welfare issue affecting animals, including production of food, clothing, entertainment and experimentation.   Note: this film contains graphic footage.