Upon hearing about the way dolphins and animals were being treated in animal shows and certain zoos, our 10 year old son, Max  embarked on a mission to find out the truth about the way humans treated our wildlife. He visits a wildlife rescue centre in Thailand and interviews its founder, Edwin Wiek. What he found out was  eye opening. And promptly proceeds to deliver an important message to all  humanity.

Later I asked him to list the things he learnt from his visit and the video he produced. This is what he had to say:

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1. Humans are cruel to animals.

2.  Animals have routines like us.

3. Humans are a bad influence to animals.

4. Elephant skin feels like a yoga mat.

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5. Gibbons make funny noises to protect their territory.

6. Animals like many types of fruits a lot especially the sweet ones.

7. Deers are not as scary as I thought.

8,. When an elephant is happy she’s really happy.

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9. Humans can also  be very kind to animals.

10.Gibbons get really angry when they lose members of their family.

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It seems there aren’t any wild animal shows out there that are kind to animals. Watching my son’s video forces me think about how good we are at compartmentalizing and believing a convenient hype. Next time you think about visiting something which puts animals on show – think about how they were trained. As Edwin says, “Pain and Hunger. You be the judge.”