Taiwan Animal Equality Association has long been promoting children's education and the relationship between children and animals as core values. This documentary takes as its theme the idea that animals are not entertainment. Through the eyes of three children, Life, Jia Yu and Xuan-xuan, we empathetically perceive the the conditions experienced by sheep in a petting zoo, farmed fish , pythons and elephants at the zoo, stray dogs at the children’s school and other animals—all of them experiencing different forms of inhumane treatment as a result of being kept in painful circumstances. They alert us to the fact that businesses that use animals as entertainment not only attract parents and children with the promise of joyful expriences and the chance to get close to the animals; they also exploit the animals as profit-making tools and take advantage of children’s innate attraction and desire to be close to animals.
These three children wish they could get the animals out of these abusive situations, but they are limited in their ability to stop it . Still, the children demonstrate they are capable of taking positive action in daily life: Life has a profound emotional tie with the sheep and dog that are also members of his family. It symbolizes the idea that children and animals both have bodies, minds, and the right to live in freedom. Xuan-xuan and her mother both work as volunteers at the municipal animal shelter. They hope all the dogs will be happy, and do not want them to be euthanized; Jia-yu uses painting to voice her desire to smash the cages in which animals are trapped, demonstrating her intense concern for animals’ rights. The kids fight for animals’ right to live in physical and mental peace and their right to freedom, but they also hope to arouse people's empathy for animals.
The world of childrens is full of animal imagery, reflecting their instinctual desire to be close to nature and innate and pure love of animals. If we can educate children early in their lives to respect the natural world and derive nourishment from nature, then deprivation, domination, utilization, oppression will disappear from this world, and humans’ treatement of animals and nature will reveal the inherent truth, goodness and beauty of nature.
動物失樂園 Lost Paradise of Animal
TAEA台灣動物平權促進會 | 2014 | HD | Color | 9min.3sec.
This documentary addresses the perspectives towards animals through the eyes and pure minds of three children: Life, Jia-Yu and Shiuan-Shiuan. They hope animals can be away from mistreatment but, as kids, they are not powerful enough to physically stop things from happening. However, their deep feeling and connection with animals and their actions on protecting animals in daily life wake up our nature of loving animals and pure mind filled with compassion and loving-kindness.