Robert Pattinson’s affection for Tai the elephant added a touching element to his new movie “Water for Elephants,” But the gentle pachyderm may have gone through torture, including electric shock, to learn the tricks she performed in the movie.
Animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI), released a secretly taped video, showing the elephant getting electric shocks with a hand-held stun gun and being beaten with a bull hook while training to perform tricks.
The elephant reportedly can be heard crying out in pain when she is shocked to make her perform a headstand.
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Trainers are also shown sawing off the tusks of an elephant, while a baby is dragged around by its trunk.
Yet another elephant is shown being hooked through the lip.
Ironically, Rob played a young veterinarian student who joins a Depression-era circus headed by a cruel animal trainer (Christoph Waltz) who uses brutish means to get the animals to perform tricks.
Reese Witherspoon plays the trainer’s wife. She also has a way animals, and Rob’s character Jacob falls in love with her.
The animal rights group claims abusive real-life trainers pictured in the video also worked with Tai on the movie set.
“I believe that Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson will be horrified to learn what Tai went through,” said the group’s head Jan Creamer.
She claimed the public and the stars have been duped to believe the animals were treated humanely, according to London’s Daily Mail.
“As this video shows, the reality is that this elephant was taught the tricks seen in the film by being given electric shocks.
“Animal suffering is never romantic and it is never entertainment,” she added,
The video was reportedly shot in 2005, well before the movie, at the Have Trunk Will Travel training complex where the elephants were trained.
The company co-founder, Gary Johnson, has repeatedly claimed no animal was abused in the making of “Water for Elephants,” nor were electric shocks used.