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Parents need to know that The Dark Hobby is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the global aquarium trafficking trade. This commercial industry includes the collection and captivity of exotic fish and other aquatic wildlife, as well as the destruction of coral reefs. There are images that include the use of cyanide and dynamite to put fish in a stunned mental and physical state, fish injected with syringes, and the use of sticks to tap fish and force them into gill nets. References include fish traumatized when grabbed by humans, the arrival of dead marine wildlife in pet store shipments, mention that fish have sex lives, and use of the words "gang raped" to describe a decimated sea region.
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THE DARK HOBBY is a documentary that exams the multibillion-dollar aquarium trafficking industry. It’s a trade that involves destructive removal methods by collectors of exotic aquatic species and coral reefs from the sea for commercial profit. The film also features a diverse group of activists, scientists, and citizens who set out to protect the ocean and its marine life inhabitants.
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This insightful film offers informative first-hand accounts from experts and concerned citizens about the global operations of aquarium trafficking. "The pipeline begins at the point of capture and it ends when the fish goes belly up in a home aquarium," says reef activist Robert Wintner in The Dark Hobby. And some individuals also believe that it’s best for aquatic wildlife to remain in their natural habitat. "Don’t take my fish and put them in an aquarium up in New York City or Tennessee or whatever," notes Miloli'i, Hawaii Mayor Wilfred Kaupiko. "That’s not their home." The Dark Hobby skillfully opens its door for discussion by shedding significant light on the relevant subject about the destruction and conservation of marine wildlife.
Talk to your kids about ...
What may be the long-lasting effects associated with the aquarium trafficking industry? Why are gill nets used by aquarium collectors, and what are the effects that they may have on marine wildlife?
What is the importance of marine wildlife and its role on Earth? What steps can you take to save the sea and its inhabitants?
How are fish social beings? In what ways are they similar to humans?
- On DVD or streaming: May 21, 2021
- Cast: Wilfred Kaupiko, Ben Williamson, Robert Wintner
- Director: Paula Fouce
- Studio: Paradise Filmworks
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Activism, Ocean Creatures, Science and Nature
- Character strengths: Compassion, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 73 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: May 21, 2021
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