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Tyke Elephant Outlaw

In 1994, a circus elephant named Tyke killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and ran through the streets of Honolulu, before dying in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom – filmed from start to tragic end – traumatized a city and triggered a global wave of animal rights activism. The testaments of her former trainers and handlers, circus industry insiders, and witnesses to her rampage make clear that this was not a freak accident, but the logical result of the normalized abuse that performing elephants endure in the name of entertainment.


Directed and produced by Stefan Moore and Susan Lambert.