According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, 12% of assessed snake species are listed as threatened. A declining snake population has serious implications for the ecology. For instance, snakes play a critical role in pest control. A rapid decline in the number of snakes directly translates into losing grains and other agricultural produces to pests such as rodents. The need of the hour is to save these reptiles from misguided human hands ready to strike them.
Why are snakes threatened?
Fear is one of the biggest reasons why humans tend to kill snakes. Myths and other illogical beliefs are the other reasons for the atrocities meted out to these beautiful creatures.
What can be done about it?
A documentary film exposing some of the biggest myths and misconceptions about snakes can go a long way in creating awareness about these beautiful creatures. From being defanged and exhibited in public to being killed for the so-called 'Nagamanikya' or snakestone, the documentary, 'Defanged: Myths & Misconceptions', will expose some of the biggest misconceptions about these beautiful animals and create awareness on the need to conserve them.
Who will feature in the documentary?
Featuring reputed herpetologists like Gowri Shankar and other snake conservationists such as Snake Shyam, Defanged will also shed light on the big four venomous snakes in India, and provide insights on how these expert snake-handlers work towards avoiding human-snake conflicts across the country.
Defanged is expected to be released on World Snake Day, which falls on July 16. The film will be shot using latest equipment such as a Panasonic Lumix GH5, a GoPro Hero, etc. The locations include natural snake habitats and other snake-conservatories in and around Karnataka.
The total budget for the film has been estimated to be Rs1,65,800, of which Rs50,000 has been raised already. As neither the film crew nor the snake-experts who will be featured in the video seek any remuneration for investing their time and efforts into this project, this budget comprises only the expenses for the equipment, logistics and third-party services. We sincerely hope that we can raise the remaining Rs1,15,800 through crowd-funding.
Donate to gain tax exemption
Defanged: Myths & Misconceptions is being made in association with Grama Vikas, a Kolar-based NGO with over 40 years of experience in the social sector and an 80g registration. Therefore, all donors are eligible to claim an income tax rebate of 50% on the total amount donated by them towards this cause.
All the individuals and organisations contributing towards the cause will be thanked at the beginning/end of the documentary. In addition, all the donors will receive a complimentary wildlife photograph clicked by a professional wildlife photographer and a hand-written thank you note from Gowri Shankar.