As a whole, the world's five species of rhinos make up the most critically endangered large animal group on the planet. This is due to the relentless illegal poaching of rhinos for their horns for use in Traditional Asian Medicine. Melinda MacInnis has made this video in the hopes of raising awareness about this global crisis and is in the process of having it translated into over a dozen languages including Vietnamese, Cantonese, and Mandarin. She is also making a documentary about this topic. PLEASE SHARE THIS VIDEO and join the fight to halt rhino extinction.
Written and Produced by Melinda MacInnis
Edited by James Aikman
Director of Photography in Africa - John Mans
Note: We'd like to offer our deepest gratitude to the Swaziland Big Game Parks and South African-based Back to Africa for allowing us to film their incredible conservation restoration efforts.
We are excited to offer this opportunity for you to join us in producing a uniquely powerful short film that portrays the extraordinary relationships between wild dolphins and human dancers as they communicate through movement in the open ocean. Learn more and join us at dolphin-dance.org/dolphindreams
The Dolphin Dance Project (dolphin-dance.org) produces films about communication between humans and wild dolphins through dance.
The Dolphin Dance Project works only with wild dolphins. Dolphins are not rewarded or coerced by anything other than their own curiosity and joy to interact with intelligent, playful members of another species - just like the human dancer. Recognizing that we are guests in the dolphins' environment, the filmmakers followed a strict code of etiquette. There is never any attempt to interact if dolphins are resting or show any sign of annoyance or disinterest. To learn more about the threats faced by wild dolphins, please visit our Protect page: dolphin-dance.org/dolphin-dance/Protect.html
Credits - Produced by Chisa Hidaka and Benjamin Harley; Underwater Video: Howard Hall; Music: Jonathan Beaudette, Morgan Fisher
The largest dolphin slaughter in the world occurs not in Japanese Taiji, nor the Danish Faroes, but in the Solomon Islands. Dolphins numbering in the "tens of thousands" have been hunted and killed every year for hundreds of years according to those in the know. The carnage and suffering is exacerbated by those who promote and profit from the live capture and trade industry which was introduced in 2003 by the outside world.
Our mission and hopefully yours also ultimately, is to end what truly amounts to a Dolphin Holocaust in the Solomon Islands once and for all.
This said, we have to point out that at first glance the problem seems immensely complex involving government officials and policies, corruption, bribery, foreign tuna fleets, legal and illegal, foreign traders, domestic traders, dolphin-tooth currency, dolphin-meat consumption, foreign tourists, foreign activists and their foibles, foreign animal welfare organizations and their failings, and, most of all, the age-old native culture itself.
Yet in this day and age barbaric customs based on ancient culture do not justify this slaughter due to the fact that these tribes have stated that are more than ready to give up this slaughter, but do not want to starve in the process!
What it would cost per annum is minimal in any currency other than Solomon. When we hear the local chiefs mention that $1,000 USD to $2,000 USD a year would give the life back to thousands of dolphins, it saddens many a heart to realize that with such a minimal subsidy so many lives could be saved.
This is the bottom sad line:
Two tribes doing the hunting would stop with the aid of about $2,500 USD total annually. This amount would feed members of both tribes for a year. And if there were no hunts to feed the coffers of the dark traders, they would have one hell of a time actually acquiring and hiding their terrible captures and the transport of dolphins into a life of captivity.
Accordingly, the solution when found, might still be comparably complex. There is no simple or simplistic fix without the intervention of the Royal Family