I’ll say now, that I am not a fan of basketball. I may actually lose friends and viewer for saying that. LOL Though, after seeing what Yao Ming is doing and what he believes in, truly makes me think twice about actually respecting the sport and it’s players. As you all know, I’m an animal activist, and doing my part in making people aware of how we are destroying our planet by slowing eliminating our animals to the point of extinction.
The trafficking of ivory is one of the worse of it’s kind. It’s not only killing animals, and all those that are affected by it, but as well it’s an underground dirty currupted dark world. Seeing how Yao Ming is using his fame to start social war with such a corrupted world is beyond awesome. The documentary he created “The End of the Wild”, is powerful and wonderful. Retired basketball player is taking on his own country of China and trying to educate and help everyone open their eyes.
Watch this video everyone, as it will explain more about Yao Ming’s new life mission.
“Before that [journey], it was more of a number for me — how many tons of ivory, how much money comes out of this business. Sometimes the number is cold,” he said. “After you visit Africa, it is very unique. I felt that I built some kind of special connection with the animals.”
Ivory has long been used for lavish gifts, including jewelry, guns, and sculptures; in China, ivory carving dates back centuries.
Ming originally partnered with WildAid in 2006 for a different animal-rights crisis. He campaigned with the group in China against the killing of an estimated 1.5 million sharks every week for shark fin soup, a delicacy, according to the Associated Press.Sales have since fallen between 50 and 70 percent, the Washington Post reports, thanks in part to a ban on serving shark fin soup at government banquets.
Now, Ming is hoping people in his home country will once again open their eyes to another animal cruelty. In addition to the documentary, his “Say No To Ivory” campaign has also involved television ads, billboards, and petitioning the Chinese government to ban ivory sales.
“China is a rising economic country. More and more people are living in better economic conditions now, but we have to balance our desires,” Ming told the Post. “If we don’t balance that, it is pretty obvious we cannot live alone on this planet. If there is a list of species going extinct, I am pretty sure we won’t be last on that list.”