Last Chain on Billie

Last Chain on Billie

How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top

Large Print - 2014 | Large print edition.
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In the wild, Billie would have been free to wander the jungles of Asia surrounded by family. Instead, she was captured as a baby and shipped to America. For decades Billie crisscrossed the country, dazzling audiences while suffering daily neglect and abuse. Told against the backdrop of a glittering but brutal circus world, this is the story of elephants in America, the Elephant Sanctuary, and one resilient elephant who defied the system.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410471550
Branch Call Number: LGE-TYPE 639.9796 BRADLEY
Characteristics: 503 pages (large print), 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.


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ArapahoeKati Oct 10, 2016

I grew up near Baraboo, WI, where Ringling Bros. is located, so the circus was a huge summertime activity, so this immediately intrigued me. It's an excellent book that will really make you think hard about animals in captivity.

I personally think that humans are the worst species ever to walk this planet. We have created this delusion that nature was specifically made for us. (Which it's not). We feel that we can exploit the earth and it's species because of this lie that we are more intelligent than them. And that this....thing people call "God" gave us dominion over all animals. If that is true, then we shouldn't take advantage of it by senselessly killing, and capturing animals for our amusement. This to me really makes me sick to the core that we are capable of doing this. I'm absolutely ashamed of us as a species, and me being a human myself.

In conclusion: "People shouldn't be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people".


Nov 07, 2015

It is truly heartbreaking the way so many animals have been treated cruelly, just to entertain people. I realize that, in some cases, the only surviving representatives of some species are kept in zoos in captive breeding programs but this does not excuse the continued captivity and use of other species to make money in various kinds of parks.


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