UN-Cinema screened award winning documentary “The Last Animals” in Bonn
As part of UNRIC’s Europe-wide Ciné-ONU series, the award-winning documentary “The Last Animals” was screened in Bonn on 13 September 2018.
The event was co-organized by the UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) and the German UN Association NRW-Chapter, in collaboration with the UN Environment Convention on Migratory Species (UNEP-CMS), UN Bonn and Germany's International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle.
The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to protect elephants and rhinos. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.
More than 150 guests attended the film-screening, which was followed by a panel discussion featuring two experts from Bonn-based organizations working on conservation and wildlife crime, who emphasized how the extinction of wild animals and the loss of biodiversity concerns us all directly. According to Melanie Virtue, Head of Aquatic Species Team at the UN Environment Convention on Migratory Species in Bonn, “we need to ask ourselves how many species we will let go extinct until only men and plastic are left. Is this the world we want to live in? I do not think so, and that's why it's so important that we turn our attention to this crisis now." Joseph Mutua, Legal Officer on Wildlife Crime at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, works to fight wildlife crime and illegal trade in Africa and said that corruption is a major challenge in bringing cases of poaching before a court.