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Through the Eyes of Ernest

The purpose of this book is to raise awareness and educate the reader about the amazing complexity of elephants. And how we, mankind, have not done right by them. I also want to remind the reader that we have a choice in whether or not we keep elephants, or any animal, captive. The elephants do not have a choice.

Ernest’s story is a well researched fictional account of real life events. Ernest represents Every Elephant. There are currently three species of elephants in the world: Asian Elephants, African Savanna Elephants, and African Forest Elephants. For the purpose of this story, it does not matter which species. This book is about any and all elephants who have lived or currently live captive to man in North America. Elephants are not indigenous to North America and true conservation of elephants in other countries is approached differently.

Elephants are extremely intelligent, kind, sensitive, and gentle beings who experience joy, happiness, forgiveness, and love. They are also capable of boredom, loneliness, frustration, grief, and even despair. They function in a highly sophisticated and organized society led by an older and wiser matriarch. They are extremely social and help one another in giving birth and raising their young. Females stay with their families for life. Elephants communicate vocally, sometimes with sounds inaudible to humans and seismically through the ground. They honor their dead. When a friend or family member dies, the other elephants stay with the body and mourn. They weep real tears.

Elephants are everything we can ever hope to be. They are already there. We can learn a lot from our Elephant friends. If only we would listen…

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Born in captivity, Ernest has no idea about life in the wild. He has no connection to any of his wild relatives. His first elephant friend, wild born Frankie, tells Ernest about the pleasures of living in the wild and the close-knit family he deeply misses. Frankie’s stories of life as a free elephant sound magical, but hopelessly unattainable. Ernest doesn’t know what he is missing, but he is about to find out…

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This book is a well written, emotional, sad, insight into just what and how elephants can think and feel in captivity. The author certainly understands the behavior of elephants sufficiently to describe events the way elephants probably see them when kept in captivity against their will. We [humans] are animals too. What makes us any different to the likes of elephants who are known to be sentient beings? Why should they not feel in the same way as we [humans] feel? The author highlights the terrors and physical abuse that elephants in captivity face every day from their all to often cruel captors. What they may dream of, how they get through each day, the hopes and fears of wonderful creatures whom we do not credit with being anything other than commodities for human entertainment. Also showing the joy of meeting old friends and their reunions. This book hopefully will turn the tide of our understanding of how cruel we [humans] can be without cause to such gentle, loving, sentient animals that naturally live in social herds and definitely not alone. I believe this book should be read by people of all ages; starting in early teens in the hope that our barbaric treatment of such animals finally be brought to an end.
J. Lister

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