Terrorist Groups Funded by Elephant Poaching: ‘Last Days’ (Disturbing Animated Video)

Two of the major problems in the world today are illegal poaching and terrorism. Most people don’t realize there’s a bloody connection between the two.

Kathryn Bigelow, who directed Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, is now focused on a new war front: the poaching of endangered elephants.

But instead of focusing just on the poaching of elephants, Last Days goes further and connects terror groups such as al-Shabaab and Boko Haram with making big money from the ivory trade to bankroll their terrorist activities, including footage from Nairobi’s Westgate Mall massacre by al-Shabaab.

“There are real things we can all do to stop wild elephants from disappearing from our world while cutting off funding for some of the world’s most notorious terrorist networks,” Bigelow told Variety. To that end, Last Days has set up a website with WildAid to raise funds for the fight.

Bigelow told Variety: “An elephant disappears every 15 minutes. “It is our hope that this film helps to bring an activist into existence at least that often.”

If ivory-funded terrorism isn’t ended soon, elephants will completely disappear within the next few years.

 

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