Today, January 4, 119 years ago, a female, wild-caught Asian elephant called Topsy is killed in front of 1,000 plus people at Lunar Park, one of America’s first amusement parks, on Coney Island, New York. She is fed carrots laced with 460 grams of potassium cyanide. Then, 6,600 volts of electricity are shot through her body felling her to the ground. Finally, she is hung for 10 minutes to make sure she is dead. The Edison Manufacturing Company filmed the electrocution. The film, ‘Electrocuting an Elephant,’ is now recognised as a key moment in cinema history and watched more than one million times on YouTube. If anyone knows anything about Topsy it is by how she died. Topsy was brought as a baby to the United States in 1876.
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Parties for animals around the world call ⤵️ on the University of Barcelona to stop the planned killing of 38 beagle #dogs next week & for them to be handed over for adoption instead.
The lives of these animals matter.
Please RT if you agree. @UniBarcelona @Vivotecnia_ https://twitter.com/party4animals/status/1484577295457263616
We visited The National Trust’s Kingston Lacy today for the first time. A beautiful house with an intriguing history. We look forward to a return visit in August when we’re next in Dorset and the weather hopefully warmer to see the gardens.
This is Chisel Beach. Much like the beach at Hastings. But bigger.