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David Attenborough: The man with the impossible task

According to the World Wildlife Foundation, two thirds of the Worlds wildlife will be wiped out by 2020 if current trends continue to progress.
Further research has shown that 58% of the total Vertebrate wildlife population has fallen in the last 40 years. Figures that if it doesn’t alarm you, it damn well should. 
Ever since the airing of Blue Planet, way back when in 2001, the way that I have looked at wildlife has completely changed. 

From the small nature of the Pygmy Marmoset, to the immense size and elegancy of a Humpback Whale. What is there not to love about these magnificent creatures. 

As Planet Earth:2 takes to the BBC,  Mr Attenborough and the group of highly skilled film makers eclipse all previous documentaries as they tell the story of our wildlife. In the most recent of episodes, the crew take to the mountains in search of some of the most spectacular and rare species of animals on the planet. What makes this programme so special, is the captivating and unique voice of Sir David Attenborough and his ability to tell a remarkable story as if he knew what was happening all along. 

Attenborough has devoted his life into researching and broadcasting the breathtaking daily routines of so many animals both land and sea. He has produced the best set of documentaries available and still people are still oblivious to the destructive actions humans are having on animals. So what more can he do than compile footage, that eclipses nature at its finest in his best efforts to encourage viewers to help in stopping the extinction of so many animals. 

For me the Worlds Wildlife is only a minuscule problem for the Earths attention to focus on. But it shouldn’t be. As I read newspaper headlines highlighting the potential extinction of so many different species, I fear the lives of the future generations.  

Zoos and wildlife parks may soon be the only possibility to witness some creatures, and for me this shouldn’t be anywhere close to happening.  

After visiting Canada on three separate occasions, I have witnessed a convocation of Eagles feast upon a seal carcass. I’ve seen a Mother Grizzly Bear emerge from the tree line with her two cubs. An Osprey hunt, whilst it’s young frantically fight over the food already scavenged. A herd of Moose cross the stream as they move to greener pastures. All things I fear could be so hard to see in only a matter of years time. 

It’s heartbreaking.  

What the people wearing rose-tinted glasses don’t see, is that we were all meant to do-exist, survive together, whilst humans went about their business, animals would do the same. Instead greed has overcome humans. Rhinos and Elephants are hunted for their Ivory, Snow Leopards who I regard as one of the most amazing mammals, are hunted for their fur and teeth. Tigers and Bears for their coats, Moose for their heads to be displayed above the mantelpiece, Turtles for their shells and meat.  

WHY?  

What’s the need? Are there no bigger fish to fry (pardon the pun) is it such a necessity to hunt and butcher these animals for purely their accessories.  

Let me turn this on it’s head. Could you imagine living your life and deaths door everyday. Being hunted for your clothes, teeth, your watch? Because that’s what’s happening. Every day thousands of animals are lured into traps, tortured and left to die if not already killed, just so they can be sold on an illegal market.  

Programmes like Planet Earth should act as a catalyst for people to want to make a change. They display the live’s of our closest neighbours in the most awe-inspiring of ways, painting a picture for those who don’t understand and and appreciate the mere existence of animals. Creating a a new dimension, one that can grasp the attention of the those to whom it matters very little in an attempt to save what’s left of the declining Wildlife numbers.

As much as I invest into the rehabilitation and conservation projects around the world, places such as SeaWorld have zero respect from me for the work they do. In fact anywhere that houses Killer Whales (Orcas) in tanks so disproportionately small in comparison to the sea should, by law, be made to release or improve the conditions which they are housed.  

Shamu, a 900 kilogram, 4.25 metre long Killer Whale, forced to perform for the entertainment of disillusioned members of public, who are willing to invest money into the continued disgraceful treatment of these magnificent animals.  To anyone who has or is intending on visiting SeaWorld should take a long hard look at themselves and think about where there money is actual going. The fact that these sea animals are being forced to perform against there natural behaviour is frankly pathetic and so reflective of our modern generation.  

However, when these animals become distressed and inevitably act in a scared and uncontrollable manner, those who house them are never to blame. When the SeaWorld employee was killed by Shamu, it was her fault. The fault one of the worlds most deadly predators, caged into a swimming pool inevitably. 

It may seem far fetched and a very outlandish point of view, but isn’t it true?  

There’s helping for the better and furthering the animals reintegration to society, and then there’s destroying the livelihoods of these creatures. 

And no, animals aren’t the be all and end all of life, but they are crucially important to it.  

Not only do they offer an integral part to our ecosystem but they are a joy to behold. So next time you decide on throwing your litter out the window, paying to visit one of these amusement parks, just think of the consequences and if you still remain so stubborn, then we can hold you accountable. 

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