“When you buy something made of ivory, where does the money go?” Kathryn Bigelow, director of feature films including The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, answers this question in a new three-minute PSA, Last Days. “To make a feature film about such a topic would likely take years during which more elephants would die, so instead I approached a team of fellow filmmakers and we made Last Days as an animated piece,” stated Bigelow.
Trafficking in endangered species is the fourth largest illegal business in the world and it is estimated that up to 50,000 African elephants are poached every year for their ivory. By purchasing items such as ivory, you are directly supporting several different global terrorism organizations and the extinction of the elephant. Last Days leads you through exactly how packing and terrorism are linked as well as shares astonishing statistics about the effects of poaching on wild populations of elephants.
“There are real things we can all do to stop wild elephants from disappearing from our world while cutting off funding for some of the world’s most notorious terrorist networks,” says Bigelow. If you want to join the WildAid cause and take a stand against trafficking of endangered species visit the WildAid website and take action.