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"None to Spare"
|By: LeRoy French
23 July 2009
The title of my article today is actually taken from a film I produced
over 30 years ago back in California. The film depicts a father and
young son walking down a secluded beach on the northern California
coast. The boy is looking in the ocean tide pools and asking his father
various questions about the environment and who protects it. The
questions unfortunately are the same as what we are asking today.
This in itself is sad as you would think by now things would have
changed after 30 years, however that was not to be. Today the
problems have multiplied 10 fold. ‘Shark Finning’, one of the cruelest,
inhumane acts of today's society. Cutting the fins off of sharks and
then throwing this magnificent animal back in the sea alive to meet its
watery grave. All for a bowl of soup.
‘Ivory’ is still being sold in Asia at an alarming rate. Hundreds of tons
still being exported. Elephants and Rhinoceros are being exploited
to the brink of extinction just so some people can make a dollar.
‘The killing of Whales’. Many whales as we all know are endangered,
but this doesn’t seem to stop the endless killing of this gentle giant.
Do certain populations in this day and age really need whale meat??
‘The slaughtering of Dolphins’. Probably the most important film
produced this year shows the cruel behavior of a small section of the
human race towards one of the most intelligent animals to inhabit this
planet. The film “The Cove” takes the viewer to the darkest side of
animal cruelty ever witnessed.
‘Ghost Nets’. Floating throughout our oceans are hundreds of miles
of discarded fishing nets. These nets indiscrimately trap and drown
sea creatures such as turtles and sharks to name a few. They get
entangled on coral reefs and are a complete menace to our marine
environment. These nets do not go away and they are not
biodegradeable so they are floating in our seas forever.
‘Coastal developement and dredging throughout the world’. This
doesn’t look like it will ever stop. Dredging and coastal runoff is by far
the fastest way to destroy local coral reefs. The reefs are smothered,
coral dies and marine life disappears.
‘Global Warming’ as we know is another threat that doesn’t seem to
be getting any better. Our earth is getting warmer and many animals
are fighting for survival. Case in point the Polar Bear. Ice flows are
vanishing at a rapid rate thus making it impossible for the polar bear
to hunt for its food source. At this rate it will not be long before this
beautiful animal becomes a thing of the past.
So I look back after 30 years and see that the film is still timely today
and the same questions are being asked only with greater urgency.
When does it stop?? When do we finally realize that life on our
planet cannot exist if we continue on this path of environmental
abuse. We are approaching a “None to Spare” point and time is not
on our side.
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