I just watched the Banksy documentary “Exit through the gift shop.” There is a scene in there where he painted an elephant for his exhibit. In the movie he said he painted her with “12 liters of children’s face paint.” That is an absolute lie. He used red poster paint meant for wood and paper only as the base paint. He then added gold metallic paint. That paint was meant to be used with a barrier product and only to be left on for three hours maximum. Banksy left the paint on the elephant for days. In fact he would not let the elephant lay down and sleep for days so she wouldn’t mess up his paint job.
|Tempera paint made for posters and wood. Only non-toxic if used according to label. Must use with paintbrush onto paper and wood only. Not for skin.
|Cinema Secrets, for professional use only. Must be used with barrier cream. Cannot be on longer than three hours.
|Another photo in the exhibit. Notice the painted toe nails.
September 15, 2006 Banksy had an art show in Los Angeles. He rented an elephant from “Have trunk will travel” for his exhibit. He painted this elephant bright red with gold stenciled markings. He painted her eye lids, ears, trunk, tail, belly and private parts. I received many complaints when animal lovers saw the elephant on the news for the VIP grand opening. I’m sure this animal cruelty was intentional guerilla marketing for his show. He did the same to farm animals, click here for story.
Elephant in 105 deg trailer
The next day I went down there to see for myself. I went through the Humane Academy and Police Academy to become a Humane Officer. The elephant’s owner let me look at the elephant and the box of paints. I photographed the labels of the paints. It was red poster and wood only paint and Cinema Secrets gold metallic paint. The owner told me they weren’t allowing the elephant to lay down so she wouldn’t mess up her paint job. Every day they would still touch up her paint.
From a skin painting website. “Non-Toxic” does not mean “safe for skin.” Acrylic craft paints are not meant to be used on the skin – nor are watercolor markers or pencils. Just because the package says “non-toxic” does not mean that it is safe to put on skin. Many people are allergic to the non-FDA approved chemicals and colorants used in craft paints (such as nickel), and will break out in a rash from these paints. Watercolor markers (or “washable markers”) do not remove from skin easily – it can take days to get the stain removed. The “washable” part of the name refers to fabric, not skin.”
They go on to say not to use glitter paint on skin. That is why the gold paint was for professional use only by a makeup artist. It was to be applied over a barrier cream and not kept on longer than three hours, on humans, not animals. People have become very ill and even died from using regular paint on their skin. They die from nickel and silver poisoning from the paint besides allergic reactions and over heating.
Elephant has cracked toe nail
I went home and wrote a report about the paint. I gave it to the GM of Animal Services. He verified the report then called the owner and told her she must remove the paint. It took two days but they finally removed the paint. The elephant was still in the exhibit but without her paint. A report was filed against the elephant owner to the USDA for allowing her to be painted with wood and paper paint. People contacted Banksy’s management about his act of animal cruelty. He left the country and didn’t respond.
After washing paint off
|I’m in the movie, the red head with the pony tail. I was inspecting the elephant and the paint.
|Report filed by Bill Dyer of In Defense of Animals with the USDA.
Contact the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Science at http://http://www.oscars.org and let them know that you don’t think a film that includes animal cruelty should be up for an Academy Award. This documentary is nominated for an Academy award. People are saying they believe he will win. Here are some email addresses for you to send in a complaint.
A few years ago “Have trunk will travel” had a problem with one of their other elephants.
“June 10, 2001: Spooked Circus Elephant Charges, Knocks Over Child at the Denver Zoo – Hope, an 18-year-old, 6,700-pound Asian elephant, was frightened by a falling water drum as she and a smaller elephant named Amigo were being washed. Startled, Hope slammed her trainer, Jim Williams, into a wall and knocked over Amigo. She then stepped over a 3-foot barrier and took off on a run. The child was knocked from her stroller as Hope came running down a path. The child’s mother, who has not been identified, said she believes her daughter was hit by the elephant’s trunk but is unsure if Hope also hit the stroller. The girl was treated at Children’s Hospital for minor injuries and released, said Fire Department spokesman Randy Atkinson. Williams received cuts and bruises, a man sprained his ankle, and a woman suffered an asthma attack while running away from the elephant, Atkinson said. It took almost three hours to get Hope back into a pen. Amigo and Hope were brought to the Denver Zoo by Have Trunk Will Travel, owned by Gary and Kari Johnson of Southern California.”
Here is “Have Trunk Will Travel,” http://www.havetrunkwilltravel.com/
Back in 2003 Banksy painted some live farm animals in an exhibit called “Turf Wars.” They became ill and had to leave the exhibit. http://gothamist.com/2003/07/21/banksys_turf_war.php Banksy stated he wanted to continue to show the exhibit. He’s also painted rats and roaches in the past.
Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates is a wildlife rehabilitator licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Mary Cummins is also a licensed real estate appraiser in Los Angeles, California.