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Electrocuting an Elephant (1903)

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The execution of Topsy, a female elephant, in a publicity stunt advertising the opening of Luna Park on Coney Island. Topsy was originally owned by Forepaugh Circus where she killed a drunken spectator who burned the tip of her trunk with a cigar. She was sold to Sea Lion Park in 1902 which was then sold to new owners who turned it into Luna Park. After they decided they could no longer handle her, the owners of Luna Park announced they would hang Topsy, leading to an outcry by the ASPCA. The owners then decided they would electrocute the elephant, with a backup plan of feeding her cyanide-laced carrots and strangling her with a cable. Written by Rob O

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Absolutely disgusting
17 July 2013 | by (Pitman, New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is the worst. It was created by "inventor" Thomas A. Edison. All of his "inventions" where either stolen from other people or done mostly by his workers. Thomas Edison's rival was Nikola Tesla, who invented the alternating current that we use today. Unlike Edison, Tesla was an actual genius who did his own work. To cut a long story short, Edison used some dirty tactics to scare people away from using the AC. This film is an example. He often electrocuted innocent dogs and cats, but he didn't think that that was enough. He decided to electrocute a circus elephant! It is so disturbing to see the innocent creature slowly die from the electrocution. All because Edison wanted to scare people away from Tesla. Edison was a horrible person and Tesla is the one who deserves to be honoured. Avoid at all costs!


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