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October 18, 2020 - One Green Planet

Anthropomorphizing Animals: 10 Ways Humans Harm Animals by Making them Act Like People

Anthropomorphizing Animals: 10 Ways Humans Harm Animals by Making them Act Like People
Elephant forced to paint, speciesism Credit: YouTube capture

Anthropomorphism is everywhere. When we’re young we watch Disney movies featuring talking lions and helpful woodland creatures. We grow up and polar bears sell us coca-cola and geckos sell us insurance. We become so used to seeing fictional animals behave in human ways that we stop questioning that behavior in live animals.

While seeing animals perform and do tricks in cartoons is cute, in real life, in real life such actions indicate a much darker reality. These ten examples of animals exhibiting seemingly innocent behaviors show how insidious and harmful animal exploitation really is.

Painting Elephant[s] - an elephant renders a relatively complex landscape scene in a short amount of time. Miraculous right? While the skill demonstrated by the elephant is something to behold, this species is not motivated by any instinctual desire to become a Pachyderm Picasso. On the contrary, these elephants are taken from their mothers at a young age and forced to undergo abusive training.  Although the elephant shown in the video seemingly holds the paintbrush with precision, this movement is very unnatural for elephants.

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