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I was a Dog in Isiolo – The Chinese, Roads, Steam, Rhinos, Elephants and Ivory.
The latest about the greatest wildlife threat of our time.
By Richard Brock
11 February 2014

"May I please draw your attention to this short film linked to the London Wildlife Conference this February on the illegal trade in wildlife, and possible solutions in the future? Please circulate, distribute and pass on the contents to help, in particular, elephants and rhinos. Because they really need it. Just think how the Chinese would react if Africans started stealing their beloved pandas, which are protected by the death penalty!" Richard Brock

I was a Dog in Isiolo?

Urgent and unusual, this short film tracks the trail of illegal elephant ivory and rhino horn and searches for solutions from Richard Brock. Sadly, one truth about important and negative news stories is that, as the media continues to report them, they have a decreasing impact, verging on rejection. So called “fatigue”. A classic example is climate change. It is, also, I believe, true of the elephant ivory and rhino horn tragedies that the public are so used to hearing or seeing about that they are increasingly dismissed… “Oh, I know about that. Isn’t it terrible” And on the next, new, story. So I made “I was a dog in Isiolo” in an effort to overcome that elephant and rhino fatigue. However many statistics you ventilate, however many mauled elephant or rhinos you show (and many people don’t want to see those anyway), the information is diluted in the flood of today’s media. “Dog” tries to overcome this. By tracking “The Chinese Connection” where dogs are eaten in Isiolo in northern Kenya, we follow Chinese road builders north where they move from dogs to elephants, not to eat but to steal their tusks – ivory. Illegal poaching is bringing Kenya’s elephants to their knees. Not only the elephants will suffer but also Kenya’s vital tourism trade, as the wildlife is stolen by Chinese greed. All over Africa “The Chinese Connection” is from Angola to Zimbabwe raping the resources in the name of ‘progress’.

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Edited by member: Gareth Trezise

Comment below or contact: Richard Brock

Brock Initiative and Living Planet Productions

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