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Wed 31 Mar 2004

And then there were none - otter documentary

Category : NUS

Wildlife Protection Society of India had a film made about otters and I just received it in the mail. The 21 minute documentary is entitled "http://www.wpsi-india.org/projects/film_and_slide_show.php...And then there were none".

Produced and drected by Syed Fayaz, the film investigates the poaching of otters in India for their highly prized pelts. Smuggled out of India to be made into fur coats and garment trimmings, much of this apparently ends up in China. The film illustrates hunting by professional poachers who use trained dogs to flush out otters from their wetland habitats, and discusses the illegal trade in otter skins which is closely linked to that of tiger and leopard skins.

Fayaz followed some hunters in the field. Ironically otter numbers are so low, that they were unable to find any otters. They recreated hunting scenes assuring us no animals were harmed.

This is another in a series of local documentaries or magazine shows that I have been compiling to show and discuss in NUS, and might want to duplicate for NSS as well.

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