Cambodian conservationists and artists join forces to highlight the trapping crisis in Asia’s forests
On July 28, The Capture Project was held at Felix Café in BKK to raise awareness among Cambodian consumers regarding the impact of buying and eating wildlife meat. The insidious on-the-ground impact caused by the blanket snaring of forests is not well known. The Capture Project aims to inform the public onthe impact of wildlife meat consumption on biodiversity as the first step towards effective behaviour change.The Capture Project is a coalition of Cambodian artists and conservation NGOs working in Cambodia, including the Wildlife Alliance, WWF, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International, Fauna and Flora International, Birdlife International Cambodia and Free The Bears.
The event revealed a prestigious first showing of art created for the project by local artists Apple Love and Tol Sopheap, including provocative photographs of Cambodian models (including Sothy Sith and Peter Phoeng) with simulated injuries similar to those of snared animals and an elephant sculpture constructed from 10 different kinds of snares, designed to catch birds, reptiles and mammals.
The art will then be publicly displayed in Daylight Plaza, Aeon Mall, on August 3, and there will also be a number of live performances. Photos by Hong Menea