"Behind the Scenes" with James Earl Jones to Create New Segment on At-Risk Animal Populations for Public Television

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This new segment will feature wildlife from around the world...

Award-winning actor and vocal icon James Earl Jones hosts another installment of the series Behind the Scenes. The series consists of several short form documentaries that bring forth critical issues, like at-risk animal populations, to general audiences. Though it airs on Public Television, it is in not produced or released by PBS or APT.

Upwards of 18,000 species are spiraling toward extinction and human malfeasance is largely responsible for it. Hunting for sport, meat, medicinal ingredients, or profit takes a devastating toll of animal populations, but human industry corrupts the quality and quantity of natural habitats. Illegal selling and domestication of exotic animals, along with non-native species invading other animal populations contribute to inconsistent population health and growth.

No category of species is unaffected as the land, air, and water are threatened by contamination or destruction. Damage to natural habitats (sea ice, freshwater wetlands, rainforests, coral reefs, and mangroves) are evident worldwide. Humans are included as they are animals who consider themselves the dominants of the food chain.

According to the World Health Organization, global climate change will play a significant role in the evolution of humanity. While immediate and personal health issues can be attributed to diet, lifestyle, heredity, and behavior; the bigger picture involves an inability to maintain a life-supporting biosphere, something we have in common with other animals and all plant life on the planet.

It raises concerns about the long term effects of continued contamination coupled with the loss of interaction with other populations once they become extinct.

(Sources: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0304380005000050

http://www.generationextinction.org/the-extinction-crisis/species-at-risk/ )

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