While wild animals are frequently revered as some of the world’s most fascinating – and feared – beings, they are defenseless victims when it comes to the inhumane, and often brutal, wildlife crimes that are being committed across the globe – often in the animal’s own natural habitats.
For example, in 2013, more than 36,000 elephants were killed for their tusks – which translates to one elephant dying every 15 minutes at the hands of relentless poachers. If it’s not put to an end, ivory poaching could force elephants into extinction by 2025.
Realizing the threats that elephants and many other species face, more and more people are getting involved in efforts to protect animals and inform the public about the social injustices threatening many animals with extinction.
This week’s Full Frame turns its lens to the way human behavior is wiping out entire animal species. The show features interviews with pioneering animal rights advocates who are working tirelessly to secure the future of the world’s wildlife.
Kristin Davis: Fighting a Crisis
On HBO’s hit series Sex and the City, Kristin Davis played the role of Charlotte York Greenblatt, a naïvely optimistic romantic who venerates the old-fashioned notion that “love conquers all.” Davis’ humanitarian work off the big screen exemplifies that same notion.
As Oxfam Ambassador to Africa, the Sex and the City star has worked tirelessly to help find solutions to global poverty and human rights issues that plague countries around the world.
But Davis doesn’t just help humans overcome social injustices – she works for animal rights, as well.
An animal-lover since childhood, Davis has had a lifelong love for elephants. She became a wildlife conservationist as an adult, and in 2009, she started working with the Davis Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, or DSWT, which is one of the most successful orphan-elephant rescue programs in the world.
As a patron of DSWT, Davis has established herself as one of the organization’s most acclaimed advocates, and she works fervently to raise awareness about wildlife protection programs and the harrowing injustices – particularly the illegal ivory trade – that brutally threaten the future of the elephant species.
In 2010, Davis won the United States Humane Society’s prestigious Wyler Award, which honors a celebrity or public figure who has advocated on behalf of animals.
In this episode of Full Frame, Davis sits down with Mike Walter to talk about the defining encounter she had with an abandoned elephant calf that sparked her involvement with DSWT and the launch of her new iWorry Campaign, which confronts the escalating perils of ivory poaching.
To learn more about her efforts, follow Davis on Twitter: @KristinDavis
Grace Ge Gabriel: Ivory in China
As one of China’s leading animal welfare advocates, Grace Ge Gabriel has directed global campaigns to protect wildlife in Asia and around the world.
Gabriel began her career in the media, but after documenting the rescue of nine Asiatic black bears from bile extractors holding them captive in southern China, she gave up her career in television to work for organizations committed to wildlife rescue.
Today, she serves as the Regional Director of Asia for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, or IFAW. As a driving force behind IFAW China since its inception, Gabriel has worked fervently to reduce the commercial exploitation of wildlife, increase law enforcement against wildlife crimes, and change consumer attitudes about products from endangered animals.
Gabriel has testified before the European Union Commission and the UK Parliament Environmental Audit Committee on topics including global wildlife crime and protection.
As an instrumental champion for wildlife protection, Gabriel was also featured in Julie Scardina and Jeffrey Flocken’s book, Wildlife Heroes, 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They are Committed to Saving.
Gabriel joins Mike Walker to explain the detrimental impacts of ivory poaching on elephant populations and how her own experiences with IFAW China demonstrate the influence that consumer education and engagement can have on the future of illegal poaching and wildlife crimes.
Visit www.IFAW.org for more information about Gabriel’s work. More....