By Melissa Cronin
As the ivory poaching crisis heightens and the number of elephants in the wild declines, the problem is in need of serious attention. As a result, elephants are the subject of an Oscar-winning director's new short film — and of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” sat down with Stewart and former national security advisor Juan Zarate, to discuss her new short film on elephant poaching, “Last Days.”
The film comes at a time when elephant poaching is escalating at extreme rates. Over the course of just two years, 100,000 elephants were killed for their tusks — that’s one individual every 15 minutes. And much of the profits from these sales, as Bigelow notes, go directly to terrorist groups.
“There is the sort of terrorism you can do something about, by not buying these little trinkets, by not supporting this trade,” Bigelow told Stewart. “You can actually stop their revenue source.”
See the entire trailer for “Last Days” [here\.