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Endangered African species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fueled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. This investigates the powerhouse industries of big game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation.
Publisher: [Warren, New Jersey] : Passion River, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
digital, optical, rda.
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Jun 07, 2018

This is the other argument for conservation, from a trophy hunter's point of view, and my stomach was in knots for a large percentage of the time before I decided that I couldn't finish this film. I realize that illegal poaching isn't the answer, clearly, but trophy hunting definitely can't be it either. One of the hunters interviewed grew up in a household where his mother says to his little boy that he can shoot any bird, just not the red ones, presumably because it's his mom's favorite kind. And what does he do? He shoots the red bird and thinks it's 'more beautiful' dead than alive. Stop right here, there's something wrong with this picture. In fact, this is the point where I stopped watching this documentary: it was the mentality of it all, and it was disturbing. A film that I found insightful is 'Speciesism' by Mark DeVries, probably by now a practicing animal rights attorney and much needed in this department, where speciesism is defined as 'discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans' and also an oft-heard but potent argument, nevertheless, to separating oneself from those that you deliver no mercy for; unfortunately, I had trouble finishing this film as well which will become apparent at some point in the film, but I think its central point was that there has to be another way, a better way -- a more humane way. There has to be a place where these wild animals (and with consideration for domesticated animals as well) can live in their natural state without hindrance and assault from people, at all times, that not everything is used for trophies and as material possessions, that when a lion, no doubt a magnificent creature, is shot and killed, it jeopardizes and destabilizes the entire pride unit that survived him, that elephant herds are forced to alter their natural behaviors, after years of ingrained evolution, in acknowledgement of trophy hunters and illegal poachers. What have we done, what have we become?

Jan 21, 2018

This documentary will make you feel sick, disgusted, and full of rage at these hunters. What kind of sick bastard do you have to be to kill these beautiful lions, rhinos, and elephants. I'm glad I watched this, but it made me so angry. It's an important topic so I highly recommend.

It's not too graphic, but enough that if you're a little sensitive you might not want to watch. I had to hide my eyes a few times because it was just too painful to watch these animals die

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