Arts & Entertainment

Escape From Extinction

This prize-winning documentary from American Humane, the United States’ first national humane organisation, opens with some dire statistics:

The planet is entering its sixth mass extinction event.

The United Nations says that one million species of the eight million on earth face the risk of extinction.

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, this remarkable documentary collects evidence worldwide to support its case that it’s not too late to prevent the extinction of many species if we begin now.

Threats like illegal trade, pollution, deforestation, overpopulation and global warming can all be curtailed with a determination to act.

The documentary presents some fascinating evidence from scientists and conservation organisations on the work that has been and is being done to preserve species such as the Whooping Crane, Californian Condor, Grey Wolf and Bald Eagle and many others.

The documentary emphasises the essential work done by zoos in preserving and protecting species in the face of opposition from Animal Rights Activists.

This work is especially important considering that humans have interfered with the process of natural selection.

Just one quibble. It is a shame not more attention was paid to Australia, which has experienced the greatest mammal extinction of any country in modern times.

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