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I Know Why the Caged Elephant Sings

Written by PETA | June 17, 2008

She’s blue about being pimped out to a circus and a zoo! Meet Sydney—the pachyderm protagonist in Sanctuary Song, a new opera opening this summer in Toronto. A dynamic combination of song, dance, and theater, this ele-friendly opera follows Sydney as she recounts her life during a journey to a sanctuary in Tennessee. Discussing her abduction by poachers and her years spent in a circus and a zoo, she relives the fond memories of her friends and family as well as the fearful memories of captivity. Will Sydney be reunited with her childhood friend in the last act? No spoiler alert here! Like they say, it’s not over until the elephant sings.


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Can’t make it to Toronto to see Sanctuary Song? Put on your favorite aria, and check out the lovely ladies at this real-life Tennessee sanctuary.

─JenPosted by Jennifer Cierlitsky

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  • lynda downie says:

    I applaud these people for lending their artistic talents to bring awareness to the conditions of captive elephants. May Sydney’s trumpet sound throughout the land!

  • Linda says:

    I’d know this story anywhere! I love The Elephant Sanctuary!

  • Mike Quinoa says:

    Wow I applaud the sensitivity of the persons who wrote it. It’s a unique perspective that should make operagoers think twice about visiting a zoo or circus.

  • lizbet says:

    all people who are STILLL.. yes.. still in the dark about the cruelty of animals being confined for a lifetime to perform in circuses or living very monotonous lives behind barsbarriers in zoos should see this opera.. I presume it’s a person playing the elephant role? anyway.. point made.. either of them ain’t good.. fun for you.. but not for the animals..

  • Holly says:

    httpwww.youtube.comwatch?vqIDtEbicfp0 httpwww.youtube.comwatch?v3iABOe6hNVEfeaturerelated httpwww.guardian.co.ukenvironment2006jan03science.conservationandendangeredspecies

  • Carla says:

    steven call your local Humane Society and tell them what you saw and you’re affaid he may do it again. Give his address if you have it thats best. With a complaint like that they have to respond and at least give him a warning or better yet take the dog away from him.

  • eva says:

    Holly Document as much as possible with video.

  • steven claremount says:

    hey just wondering i cant find it on this site but some jerki know his name but the other day i saw him like totally beating his puppy with a fishing pole i yelled at him but he said he would do the same to me i called the police but they couldnt do anything how can i find out more anbout him and stop him from abusing one more of gods innocent creatures thank you very much a concerned animal rights protector

  • Holly says:

    In Reality I think these beautiful giants will become extent in our life time or shortly there after. It is not their fault but they are large and there is just not enough land to share with with the village people who are trying to save their crops and the global warming is not helping there numbers either. We need to remember their songs and them. I wish there was a way to save the elephants they are so very special and good and we need to protect them as much as we can… I hope we can save the elephants… Go Vegan.

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