On World Wildlife Day (3 March), Podar International School received a Compassionate School Award and several of its 10-year-old students received Compassionate Kid awards from PETA India for working with Chrome Pictures to create a moving music video tackling the serious issue of trophy hunting.
Created with the help of Aleya Sen – a director and producer for Chrome Pictures who also won a PETA India Compassionate Filmmaker Award for the effort – the “Don’t Kill for Fun!” music video features a “rap battle” between a group of wild animals and the wealthy hunters intent on killing them and using their body parts as trophies.
The project began with research conducted by fifth grader Abner Sharma, who portrays the forest minister in the video. “Don’t Kill for Fun!” shows the damage done by wealthy hunters who gun down majestic wild animals for a photo and a body part to hang on a wall.
Hunters kill millions of animals every year and have contributed to the extinction of species, including the Tasmanian tiger and the great auk, all around the world. Unlike natural predators, who kill primarily sick and weak individuals, trophy hunters specifically seek out large, healthy animals who can keep populations strong. Animals who are injured but not killed by hunters often escape only to die slowly and painfully from blood loss and starvation.
Killing animals for “fun” is nothing to be proud of – it’s the cold-blooded murder of sentient beings we should respect, protect, and co-exist with.