Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur
Part of maintaining a healthy and prosperous ecosystem and environment is, of course, making sure that its inhabitants are also well off. Unfortunately, due to the rapid expansion of human activity encroaching on the natural habitats of various wildlife species, many are in danger of facing extinction in the coming decades. From illegal wildlife trading to making way for industry, from inhumane practices in food processing facilities to hunting endangered species, there is much work to be done in order to maintain a standard of animal welfare. Within this category, we are looking for films that highlight the successes and failures of various initiatives aimed at preventing animal abuse, establishing safe havens and sanctuaries. The COVID pandemic has, undoubtedly, put a strain on many such efforts. It would be interesting to investigate how the isolation brought on by lockdowns has affected animal adoptions, as well as lack of tourism centred around wildlife.