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ADI and AnimaNaturalis Internacional criticise 100 Year Old Man film

Posted: 11 July 2014


ADI and AnimaNaturalis Internacional have condemned ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man’ for its use of an abused circus elephant. The film is directed by Felix Herngren and opens in cinemas across Spain on 11th July.

The elephant used in ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man’ Vana Mana (also known as Wana Mana) previously featured in a shocking undercover exposé by ADI at the Great British Circus in the UK. Vana Mana and her companions Sonja and Delhi were beaten by both her trainer and groom and chained for long periods.

ADI’s horrifying footage prompted an outcry and the elephants and their trainer left the UK after just one season. Delhi, who was chronically lame, has since died. Vana Mana and Sonja remain with their abusive trainer, Lars Hölscher, touring with circuses across Europe. Their trainer now uses different names for himself and the elephants.

In Sweden last year, Vana Mana and Sonja – now known as Ghandi and Baby – were forced to perform by their trainer at Cirkus Skott. After their identity was discovered, Cirkus Scott announced that it would stop using wild animals.

’The Hundred-Year-Old Man bills itself as a comedy but there is nothing funny about the shocking abuse of the poor elephant who features in it. Experts agree that the use of wild animals in the entertainment industry causes suffering.

Animal lovers should avoid The Hundred-Year-Old Man and other films that use live, performing animals instead of CGI.

Take action!

  • Urge director Felix Herngern not to use animals in future productions – contact him via his agent, Johanna von Seth at
  • Watch the ADI expose of the Great British Circus
  • Find out more about our animals in entertainment campaign

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