Scribblings and screenings for the animal set
The Movie That Changed His Mind
Director Michael Webber didn’t set out to make a film with a message. He was simply intrigued by two characters: Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer who responds to emergencies involving wild animals kept as pets, and Terry Brumfield, a man who considers two African lions members of his family. By the time Webber finished a documentary about the pair, he had an agenda: to outlaw ownership of wild animals as pets. “The film changed me,” Webber says. The Elephant in the Living Room, which was partially funded by The HSUS and won a Genesis award, is now available on DVD, and is all the more relevant following the tragic events in Ohio last autumn.
Love knows no boundaries—that’s the theme of Unlikely Friendships: 50 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer Holland. The thought-provoking tales of interspecies bonds run the gamut—from a pit bull who cozies up with a ferret (both owned by Laurie Maxwell of The HSUS) to a captive black bear who adopted a stray cat. “It opens your eyes that there’s more going on [with animals] neurologically and emotionally than many people might have realized,” says Holland, a senior writer for National Geographic magazine. “… We can’t always apply a strict scientific explanation.”