Watch: Kathryn Bigelow's Short PSA on Awful Elephant Poaching

December 5, 2014
Source: TIME

Last Days

We didn't get a feature-length film from Kathryn Bigelow this year, but the director of Zero Dark Thirty and Point Break still delivering a powerful little piece of filmmaking in the form of a documentary/PSA called Last Days, which focuses on the plight of elephants, and how the giant, majestic creatures are in danger of being wiped off the planet. Surely you've heard about endangered species and all that jazz before, and maybe it's gone in one ear and out the other, but maybe you should let the fact sink in that within 11 years, all of the elephants living in the wild could be extinct very soon. Watch this provocative PSA now!

Here's Kathryn Bigelow's elephant poaching PSA Last Days from TIME:

Bigelow calls this a PSA since it's mostly animated, but it's chock full of shocking information about elephant poaching, ivory trading and despicable circumstances for these creatures. This goes beyond just saving an animal because it's beautiful and part of the ecosystem too, because the ivory market, which is one reason elephants are killed off, ends up funding terrorism, aside from just being despicable by itself. If you don't want to have your future kids look at a picture of an elephant and tell them that those animals used to roam the planet, but we killed them all, pay attention and see the Last Days Of Ivory website for more.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Grim viewing, but well animated. Shocking that the ivory trade still exists, but not surprising.

Carpola on Dec 5, 2014


Got to be a real bastard to poach.

Xerxexx on Dec 5, 2014


and don't forget all the fucktards that buy all of the stuff.

dan on Dec 5, 2014


Yeah...fuck those people.

Xerxexx on Dec 5, 2014


This issue has always been very close to my heart. Elephants, whales, rhinos, tigers - megafauna, in other words - are the closest thing we have on this planet to dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. It's sad how we have to create films like this and non-profit organizations just to tell people to leave these creatures be. It should be ingrained in our minds to take care of these animals.

TheOct8pus on Dec 5, 2014


Wow! I wondered what Kathryn Bigelow had been up to. Her point of view makes me excited for whatever she comes up with next.

Swanland on Dec 5, 2014


Really impressive. DIG. DIG.

DAVIDPD on Dec 6, 2014

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