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Land of the Free – Animal Trafficking Redefined

Ground-breaking, star driven, expose on legal animal trafficking

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Crew

  • DIRECTOR Michael Fitzmaurice

  • PRODUCER James Ganiere - CEO RioVista Universal

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

An ordinary "Joe" embarks on a journey of discovery after taking a routine photographic safari to Africa. He learns about the poaching issue and decides to look into the matter further. As he lives near iconic Hollywood legend, Tippi Hedren, he arranges a meeting with Tippi. Tippi proceeds to tell him the story of the time she teamed with Australian socialite, Lynn Santer, embattled Zimbabwe based conservationist, Meryl Harrison, and former Special Forces commandos to secure documented and visual evidence of ongoing brutal atrocities against endangered big game by some of the wealthiest men on earth. As Tippi continues to narrate the story (this has already been filmed) we peel back layers of covert and corrupt dealings involving the largest hunting organization on earth where POINTS are awarded for the rarest animal killed, the most animals killed, and the most unusual method used to kill those animals, for awards and accolades within the group.

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  • October 2019

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Dorothy Janev $50.00
Natalie Barney $300.00
Diana Deaconescu $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

This project is about:
* Saving precious endangered species from extinction;
* Shining a light on three extraordinary women from widely different worlds and from across three continents risking everything to expose the truth; and
* Getting international laws changed.

It is about education, demonstrating how eco-tourism in all nations raises more money for local communities, conservation and environmental protection than "pay to play" (hunting, torturing and slaughtering). It also demonstrates effective animal husbandry of livestock without culling native predators.

It's about saving all lives – recognizing that in saving one, you save all, as all things are connected.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We WILL change international law about import and export of endangered species.
We WILL change perceptions on what Animal Trafficking is.
We WILL build a digital register of supporters to assist with political lobbying and public education.
The measurable impact will be laws changed, the demand for this brutal form of hunting decreasing, the demand for eco-friendly tourism increasing, and the tide turned on dwindling numbers of endangered species to ensure populations are sustained in the future

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Encourage/educate safari operators in a new vision for trophy hunting of the future. We understand the desire for this "sport" and the lucrative nature of it will not go away because we want it to. However, whether due to an unstoppable blood lust or our successful campaign, trophy hunting will end! What happens to the safari operators and the desire for the hunt then? Technology exists today to virtually hunt in a manner that can be just as lucrative, thrilling and prestigious without taking life. The full details of this are currently confidential.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Our key advisor for political lobbying is Sir Roger Gale MP (UK) the man who spearheaded the ban on fox hunting in the UK. We plan to partner with high tech companies and the hospitality industry to create new, profitable and exciting virtual trophy hunting experiences that can be celebrated with honours, status and awards. In addition, encourage airlines and other transport companies to boycott the transport of such trophies.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

There will be a link at the end of the film and on all social media to subscribe to us. This not only gives us ((millions of) people willing to sign a petition but a database to contact for further action and assistance.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The ideal is to instigate a global ban on at least the most brutal methods of trophy hunting and the hunting of the most endangered species. This will be measured in the aforementioned changes in law, boycotting of the transportation of trophies, the creation of alternative non lethal trophy hunting methods and global awareness of the vested interests behind the current status quo. This situation will require ongoing vigilance and monitoring to assess the successful impact of our vision.

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