Tracking the exotic pet trade in otters across the globe, a story of gangsters and guns, mammals and middlemen. Japanese otter cafés and social media influencers are driving increased demand for pet otters all over the world, with devastating consequences. These otters might be adorable, but the truth behind this trade is anything but. Ripped from the wild or irresponsibly bred, orphaned by poachers and confined in unnatural environments, these otters live a life of extreme misery. Following World Animal Protection intelligence, environmental photojournalist Aaron Gekoski investigates otters used as exotic pets.
The 9th annual WCFF anniversary includes, ten days of over 100 documentary films with panel discussion, networking, receptions, field trips and more. Films will represent over 40 nations as in previous years, with international filmmakers in attendance. To purchase discount film festival passes for the 9th annual WCFF visit: wcff.org/nyc-festival-2019/