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WHAT WE ARE ABOUT

Rising Sun Productions creates noncommercial videos about animal rights/welfare and environmental issues. Commonly featured topics include the ethics of holding cetaceans (dolphins and other whales) in captivity, the Taiji dolphin slaughter, whaling, and the plight of the southern resident killer whales. Many of our videos also highlight the beauty of the natural world to help inspire people to protect and conserve it.

 

Rising Sun Productions aims to instill an emotional connection between humans and the natural world, to educate people on issues that animals and their ecosystems face, and to inspire them to make a difference in the world.

 

Check out all of our videos below!

Content Disclaimer:

No monetary gain is received from any of the videos produced, unless otherwise stated. The rights of any content not owned by Rising Sun Productions remains exclusively with its owners, and the majority of this content is purely intended for educational purposes. Rising Sun Productions is not an official movie studio.

Released Videos

Memories On The Horizon - End the Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunts!
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Memories On The Horizon - End the Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunts!

This video tells the story of the suffering that dolphins endure in the drive hunts at Taiji, Japan. WARNING: Contains images that may be graphic to some viewers. More information below. The song used in this video is an original creation by Rising Sun Productions, and may be streamed/purchased separately here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/zachaffolter/memories-on-the-horizon. Any profits received from the song will be donated to Dolphin Project. MORE INFO ABOUT THE HUNTS IN TAIJI: The drive hunts in Taiji take place from September through March. The demand for seeing dolphins in captivity has kept this practice alive; trainers fly into Taiji to select dolphins best suited for captivity, while the rest are left behind and slaughtered. Even if aquariums - such as SeaWorld - do not currently take dolphins captured from these hunts, they keep the demand alive by demonstrating that the industry is lucrative and profitable. Please pledge to not support facilities that house captive dolphins or other whales to help lower the demand that keeps this practice alive. One argument commonly used to support the hunts is that it is a part of local tradition. However, according to Izumi Ishii, a former dolphin hunter in Taiji, this is not the case. "Their argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. Many past cultural practices, such as slavery, bordellos and beheading were stopped for ethical reasons. Tradition and culture are forces that change in accordance with new scientific understanding and evolving ethical standards. In addition, the Taiji hunt didn't even become institutionalized on a large scale until 1969, so its roots are quite shallow" (Editorial in the Japan Times - https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/02/01/editorials/defend-dolphins-not-a-tradition/). Dolphins are incredibly intelligent, sentient creatures. Capturing, slaughtering, and holding them is an outdated practice that should be ceased. Please help spread appreciation and respect for the natural world and its inhabitants. For more information about the drive hunts in Taiji, and how you can help, please visit https://www.dolphinproject.com/. DISCLAIMER The video is not monetized by this YouTube channel. Any ads that appear are a result of claims on footage within the film or the audio used. The rights to any content not belonging to RSP remains with its rightful owner. Full credits are listed at the end of the video. Any comments that are perceived to be offensive, racist, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate in any way will be deleted regardless of the opinion that the commenter holds. Repeat offenders will be banned from the channel. This is a controversial issue - debate and discussion is encouraged, but keep it respectful please!
Riding The Sky - Keep The Oceans Beautiful
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Riding The Sky - Keep The Oceans Beautiful

This video is a celebration of the beauty within the oceans, and of dolphins. While it barely breaches the surface about how amazing they are, it is important to realize why we need to protect marine life and their habitat and learn why they are worth advocating for. Learn more and join the fight to keep the oceans beautiful and the dolphins free, as you see in the video, by visiting these organizations (just a few listed - there are so many more!): http://dolphinproject.com http://opsociety.org http://orcanetwork.org http://sealegacy.org http://seashepherd.org http://whaleresearch.com http://worldorcaday.org The song featured in this video was created by me. You can stream or purchase it here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/zachaffolter/riding-the-sky-2 Thank you for watching! If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe for more content! CREDITS: Footage: Stock footage - Mixkit, Pexels, Pixabay, Videoblocks All other footage filmed by Zach Affolter at Washington State, USA in November of 2015. Please do not use any footage in this video. If you wish to use these clips, go to the sites listed above (Mixkit, Pexels and Pixabay provide stock video for free!) and obtain them with the proper licensing and agreements. You will help support the videographers that way! DISCLAIMER: This video is not monetized and is intended only for educational purposes. The rights of any content in this video not owned by Rising Sun Productions remains entirely with its owner. Rising Sun Productions is not an official business.
Lolita's Lonely Life - The Story of an Orca Held Captive for Fifty Years
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Lolita's Lonely Life - The Story of an Orca Held Captive for Fifty Years

This video is a tribute to the captive orca Lolita/Tokitae, who is held at the Miami Seaquarium, in commemoration of her capture fifty years ago. You can read more information about her, her family, and ways you can take action to help both below. 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐞/𝐋𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚: On Aug. 8, 1970, Tokitae and her family were driven into Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, Washington State, USA. Violent, deafening explosions were used to herd them into the cove. There, the young members of the pod were separated from their mothers and transported away to various marine parks. On behalf of the Miami Seaquarium, veterinarian Dr. Jesse White flew to Washington to select a companion for Hugo, a three year old who was captured in the same region a couple years before and sold to the park. He selected one female whale to be transported to the park, where then-manager Burton Clark gave her the stage name Lolita. Hugo was eventually moved to the same tank as Lolita, where they performed together for several years. Hugo had a history of ramming his head against the side of their tank, at one point requiring his rostrum to be stitched back together. On March 4th, 1980, he suffered a fatal brain aneurysm during one of these incidents. His body was dumped in a landfill. Since Hugo's death over 40 years ago, Lolita has not seen another member of her own species. She has performed unnatural behaviors for our entertainment day after day in an illegally-sized tank. It's time to end her suffering and retire her to a seaside sanctuary. To learn more about her plight, and her retirement plan, please visit http://orcanetwork.org 𝐌𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐞'𝐬 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲, 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: Tokitae belongs to the southern resident killer whale community and is believed to be a member of L-Pod with her presumed mother, L-25 (Ocean Sun). This population of orcas frequently inhabits the Salish Sea and coastal waters of Washington State. They are now on the verge of extinction. While there are other threats, one of the biggest contributors to their struggles is lack of food from major declines in Chinook salmon, their main food source. These declines are primarily caused by dams, such as those on the lower Snake River, that inhibit the spawning patterns of the salmon. The southern residents are at their lowest numbers since the captures of the population for aquaria in the 1970s. Researchers have correlated these declines to the reduction in salmon available for them to eat. For more information about the southern residents, please visit: -https://www.whaleresearch.com/ -http://orcanetwork.org 𝐓𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐋𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐚/𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐞: ▶️ Learn more about her plight, here: https://tinyurl.com/y3cje9bc ▶️ Take the pledge to not buy a ticket: https://tinyurl.com/y3lamc48 ▶️ Add your signature for Lolita here: https://tinyurl.com/yyhet5dy ▶️ For more ways to help her, click here: https://tinyurl.com/y6bver9e 𝐓𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: ▶️ SIGN: Add your signature to the following petitions to help restore critical salmon habitats. • Tell Senators Murray and Cantwell, as well as the EPA, to cool down the Snake and Columbia rivers by breaching the dams. If you're a Oregonian resident, please click this form: https://tinyurl.com/yymafldu. If you're a Washingtonian resident, please click this form: https://tinyurl.com/y6q6dxsy. If you're a Idahoan resident, please click this form: https://tinyurl.com/y55ltmzc. • Stop the Pebble Mine from being developed in Bristol Bay and help protect the critical Chinook salmon the Residents depend on. Please click this form if you're a U.S. resident: https://tinyurl.com/yyhkzg8x. Please click this form if you're an International resident: https://tinyurl.com/y5kdxn5e. • For other ways to take action for the Columbia & Snake Rivers, please click here: https://tinyurl.com/y4ybx6dd . For other ways to take action for Bristol Bay, please click here: https://rb.gy/vsx4mj. ▶️ DONATE: • Help support the Center of Whale Research, who has been monitoring and helping Lolita's pod for over 44 years, here: https://rb.gy/v49waz • Help support the Wild Salmon Center protect the Bristol Bay and ensure it stays a preserved ecological treasure, here: https://rb.gy/xby0tc ▶️ For other ways to help the Southern Residents, please click here: https://rb.gy/sujxln 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐬: Original Music by Zach Affolter Footage: British Movietone/AP Archives Center For Whale Research Retroclips search1able Tim Gorski and Rattle The Cage Productions: "Lolita: Slave To Entertainment" All other clips filmed by Zach Affolter at the Miami Seaquarium on January 18th, 2015. 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐫: This video is for educational purposes only. The rights to any content not owned by Rising Sun Productions remains entirely with its owner. No money is collected by Rising Sun Productions as a result of the publishing of this video. Rising Sun Productions is not an official business or movie studio.
It's Time To Breach The Dams | Save The Southern Resident Killer Whales BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!
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Rising Sun Productions

It's Time To Breach The Dams | Save The Southern Resident Killer Whales BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!

Beautiful. Majestic. Free. Killer whales have inspired us for thousands of years with their beauty and grace. However, southern residents, a population that frequently inhabits the Salish Sea and coastal waters of Washington State, are on the brink of extinction. While there are other threats, one of the biggest contributors to their struggles is lack of food from major declines in Chinook salmon, their main food source. These declines are primarily caused by dams, such as those on the lower Snake River, that inhibit the spawning patterns of the salmon. The southern residents are at their lowest numbers since the captures of the population for aquaria in the 1970s. Researchers have correlated these declines to the reduction in salmon available for them to eat. In 2018, one whale from this endangered population named Tahlequah (J35) made headlines after her calf died and she carried it for 16 days after its death. As top predators, killer whales play a key role by indicating the health of their environment. They are trying to tell us something is wrong. Will we listen before it's too late? It's time to remove or breach the dams and prevent the salmon and this treasured group of killer whales before they are gone. If you want to spread the message, please share this video! For more information about the southern residents, the decline in salmon, how dams cause this problem, and what YOU can do to take action, you can check out these links: -https://www.whaleresearch.com/encounters (latest updates on whale sightings and photos) -https://www.whaleresearch.com/orca-population -https://www.whaleresearch.com/orcassalmon -https://www.whaleresearch.com/action -https://www.epa.gov/salish-sea/chinook-salmon -http://orcanetwork.org -https://collaboration.idfg.idaho.gov/FisheriesTechnicalReports/Evidence%20Linking%20Delayed%20Mortality%20of%20Snake%20River%20Salmon%20to%20Earlier%20Hydrosystem%20Experience.pdf -https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/hunger-the-decline-of-salmon-adds-to-the-struggle-of-puget-sounds-orcas/ VIDEO CREDITS: Footage: -Center for Whale Research -IlluminaPhotographic, licensed via adobestock.com -Clips licensed through VideoBlocks The following images were used under the Creative Commons Attribution License (license information: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ ): -Pacific Southwest Region USFWS (source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfws_pacificsw/24169854784/ ) -Dan Hershman (source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hershman/497293505) -BLMIdaho (source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/blmidaho/28130630204/) -US Army Corp of Engineers (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lower_Granite_Dam#/media/File:LwrGrDam1.jpg) Changes made to all these clips or images may include one, all, or a combination of: Lighting effects, brightness/contrast/exposure effects, zooming in/out, resizing, panning across the image, text overlays, and transition effects. Footage behind end credits: Owned by Rising Sun Productions. Filmed at Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island, WA, USA in 2015. Audio: Moving Emotional Piano Hero Track by Daniel Bordovsky, licensed through AudioBlocks Disclaimer: No profit is received through the release of this video. This film is for educational purposes only and all rights of any content not owned by Rising Sun Productions remains with its owners. Rising Sun Productions is not an official business. Special thanks to everyone who contributed their thoughts, perspective, or fact-checking to help with this video! THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THIS VIDEO! PLEASE SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE CONTENT! Feel free to leave a comment, but keep it respectful! Any comments will be deleted if found to be disrespectful or harmful in any way to the rest of the community, as per YouTube's guidelines.

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