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assign 3 - Maddy Scully WRIT 140 Saba Razvi 2 November 2010...

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Maddy Scully WRIT 140 Saba Razvi 2 November 2010 Mountains of Hope: One Film’s Ability to Create Centuries of Life When the world began, the only creatures who roamed the earth were various different species of animals, untouched and unaffected by humans. Millions of years later, as humans continue to leave a larger and larger footprint on the natural, yet depleting terrain, the biodiversity of our world is spiraling down into complete and utter disappearance. Africa remains one of the most diverse continents when it comes to wildlife; however, it is constantly at great risk because of the horrid acts of poaching that have been occurring for decades. I have been fortunate enough to visit African wildlife myself, seeing gorillas in Rwanda, as well as elephants in Kenya, witnessing firsthand the beauty and serenity biodiversity can display. Poaching is a treacherous environmental problem that results from poverty of nations and inhabitants, as well the lack of understanding between humans and animals. It is the duty of humans to restore the peace and appreciate animals as more than just resources. Sadly, many people have not been greatly aware of what is happening across the world, making it difficult to mend this issue. By depicting the emotionally and physically taxing battle between poachers in Africa and the innocent animals alongside their few protectors, the film Gorillas in the Mist (Apted 1988) draws awareness to the issue of poaching of African wildlife and fully frames the problems behind it. The film Gorillas in the Mist (Apted 1988) definitely made a statement when it was released in 1988. Much of society had no knowledge of the detriment occurring in Africa. This
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Scully 2 film certainly gave people a way to actually realize how gorillas were being treated. Poaching is definitely still a major environmental issue in some African countries, and has been for decades. Dian Fossey’s work began in the 1970s, exemplifying that there has been much over thirty years of tormenting wildlife. During the time of the film, gorillas were being brutally murdered in Rwanda solely for the sale of their skins. Sadly, most Africans living in third world countries have great difficulty making a living, and resort to nearly anything to support their families. In this case, they resort to poaching. Poachers embark and viciously annihilate innocent wildlife so they can sell the remains of the animals for a high price. The amounts of money companies would pay for these skins or tusks were huge, causing a constant continuation of the murders. Even the government used to encourage poaching, believing that the trade of these valuable
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