For the Elephants

Elephants are amazing animals with high intelligence, emotional complexity, and long life spans (if humans leave them alone). They form deep social bonds for life, have a sense of humor, express intense compassion for one another, and grieve for their dead. They were never meant to live in solitary confinement.

Go to this link to order a copy of Ernest’s story.

Ernest never had the chance to experience the wild, and this is perhaps, his greatest tragedy. He had no choice. We must remember, that we do have a choice in whether or not we keep elephants, or any animal, captive.

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.

-Albert Schweitzer

The only good cage is an empty cage.
-Lawrence Anthony, The Elephant Whisperer

10 Thoughts.

    • Hey Rita
      I was trying to think how to get you an autographed copy. If you order one and send it to me, I can sign it. Or maybe you can order directly from me. Let me ask the publisher how we can do this. I can’t wait for you to read it!

  1. So excited to get to read your book. I am so happy for you. Your mother would be most proud!!! I will go back on line to see how I can purchased.

  2. .Through the Eyes of Ernest.
    Ernest comes to life immediately he is so real, he is so lovable I feel like I’m right there with him as he walks the long and winding road. His story is what I would imagine could be told by every elephant or animal in any zoo from around the world. His story needs to be told. Circuses and zoos really are not a walk in the park for these beautiful, soulful animals there is so much more life-force than we give credit for.
    I know perhaps I’m in for a heart break but the story must be told and we must listen…
    The story must be told and we must listen. I’ll donate mine to a local school or library when I have finished.

  3. I do love your enthusiasm DMF and courage! What you are doing for these animals is fantastic. I read the book in just 2 days and found it (must admit) heart-breaking. If only we human did do more…or cared more…or thought more….

    If I may be honest there were two aspects of it that I was not as happy with. One I imagine is to do with the publishing house? I found too many typo error along the book. Of course I do admit this is not what is important here. The other issue that was ‘uncomfortable’ for me was the elephants (many of these wonderful characters you have created) celebrating the ‘killing’ and suffering of humans, their cruel attackers. I do understand the thought behind it however. I just think violence with violence is probably not the solution.

    Most important though: I admire people who DO something to help, like YOU.
    All the best,

    • Patricia
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I am glad you enjoyed Ernest’s story for the most part!
      I didn’t mean for the elephants to appear to “celebrating” the deaths of the humans, they were more relieved that the cruelty was over. But I will take your comment under advisement when I do the second edition. As far as the typos, that was hard to hear because that book has been edited soooooooo many times. I noticed a few after it was published too. Those will also be corrected in the second edition. I hope they were not too much of a distraction.
      Please suggest Ernest’s story to your family and friends. We need to get the word at how awesome elephants really are and how we are not doing right by them by keeping them captive.

      Take care

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