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Crash: A Tale of Two Species 

Each year a small shorebird must make a 10,000-mile journey from the southern tip of South America to its nesting grounds in the Arctic- one of the longest migrations on earth. This ... See full summary »





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Allison Argo ...
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Each year a small shorebird must make a 10,000-mile journey from the southern tip of South America to its nesting grounds in the Arctic- one of the longest migrations on earth. This pocket-sized long distance traveler times its migration precisely to coincide with the annual spawning of one of earth's most ancient creatures: the horse-shoe crab. It's horseshoe crab eggs on the Delaware Bay that fuel the little birds epic journey to the Arctic. In the 1990s the fishing industry discovered that horseshoe crabs make good bait for eel and conch. As these industries boomed, horseshoe crabs were collected by the truckload... and red knot numbers started to crash. The story of the red knot and the horseshoe crab is a living example of how every species is interconnected- each one important, no matter how big or small. As the fate of two extraordinary creatures teeters on the edge, humankind must grapple with the economics and politics of extinction. Written by Allison Argo

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10 February 2008 (USA)  »

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Politics of fishing industry does not care: it simply continues to kill everything into extinction
13 March 2011 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I would give this documentary 15 (on the scale from 1 to 10) if I could. The film is a very sad story. Have a lot of tissue when watching this movie. Latest from Wikipedia: "In Delaware, a two-year ban on the harvesting of horseshoe crabs was enacted but struck down by a judge who cited insufficient evidence that the ban would help restore the Red Knot's numbers to justify the potential disruption to the fishing industry." As we can see, the Bottom Line and the "Industry" matters most to politicians, but the extinction does not matter. Very sad. We depend on nature and animals to survive. Pollution, eating species into extinction and massacre of environment happens on global scale: sacred and very needed by life on Earth trees are being massacred by human predator. Gold mining, illegal tree cutting, illegal ranching in Amazon already destroyed a lot of sacred trees. Animals' habitat is disappearing with exponential (unbounded) rate. Films: "AMAZON with Bruce Perry", "The End of the Line (2009)". Most vicious predator (human) must learn to stop destroying its own environment. (Aside: the human is most vicious predator because it kills for sports.) While most vicious predator propagates with exponential (unbounded) rate, the nature and animals disappear with exponential rate at the hand of most vicious predator. Most vicious predator must stop unbounded (exponential) reproduction: it leaves no space for healthy environment for most vicious predator and leaves no space for animals. CONSUMPTION is not "cool" anymore. Echo-systems sustain the economies. Economies do not sustain the echo-systems. Bottom-lines and corporations only destroy the nature, environment and animals. In the past, we hoped that our technology would help us to live better lives, but as of today, our technology (better traps, binoculars, nets, better sonars to track our prey, better guns, etc) only leads us to the SIXTH EXTINCTION of all life on the planet, at the hand of the human. If you cannot farm it - do not kill it.

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