QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
WHO IS PETRO DIAMANT ?
Petro Diamant is an Awareness Artist for Near Threatened and Endangered Species. She works with Animal Organizations and Private Individuals who have rescued animals. Along with her Earth Alive 365 animal ambassadors they do live street exhibitions as well as exhibit at international global gatherings and festivals representing species by talking about issues at hand.
Her work serves as an artistic expression and invitation for us to recreate the relationship between human kind and all life on Earth.
WHAT IS EARTH ALIVE 365 ?
Earth Alive 365 is a social platform for people to 'Celebrate Life' and the Earth.
A place where you can join the movement in heart centered consciousness and be reminded of your ability to live in harmony and peace with all Earthlings. The vision is to expand and grow a community of people who come together with a single purpose and that is to celebrate and create a safe peaceful haven for all.
WHAT IS THE EARTH ALIVE 365 AWARENESS PORTFOLIO ?
The Earth Alive 365 Awareness Portfolio will consist of 365 wearable awareness art pieces created by Petro and Artists who see the value in reconnecting people to 'Species' and 'The Earth' through various art forms. 365 Species will be represented through wearable interactive art, photographic art, murals, music, live performance, story telling, yoga and meditation events.
China, America and Taiwan are the top places where the illegal trade is most active and these are the countries we would like to exhibit the Earth Alive 365 Awareness Portfolio.
WHY IS SHE POSING IN PICTURES WITH ANIMALS ?
Petro's Interactive Awareness Art is used to represent various species. In a world where there is so much cruelty inflicted on others her aim is to educate people on current issues pertaining to various species and tell the story of the animal she is working with to highlight the practices and expose institutions that are misleading the public by exploiting animals for profit pertaining to the species she works with. This includes taking images with wild animals. Without Human interference it would not be possible in the first place. It is not natural and this is part of the reason why she does it, highlighting the issue of human interference and the effect it has on the wild and the environment.
All images are a collaborative initiative and all involved participate because they want to raise awareness for the specie, talk about the issue at hand, educate the public and represent organizations that require support to continue the work they do. This includes individuals who have rescued animals from the trade and now need assistance and support to care for them.
These are not images to sell brands to make profit. These images are used to introduce the truth, educate the public and create an invitation for people to come together as stewards of the Earth to guard over all including the people who actively take care of the wild.
The animals she works with remain dangerous. Although rescued and use to human interaction there is usually a team of people to guide and assist making sure that safety measures are adhered to for both her and the animal. Photo shoots allow for very little interaction with the animals and some photo shoots have been near impossible.
DOES SHE BELIEVE IN 'PETTING' WILD ANIMALS?
" It is my greatest wish that humans balance and heal our relationship to ourselves and to those we share the planet with. May we let go of the need to own another, open borders and lift fences to expand and rehabilitate habitat so that the Wild can roam freely without 'Human Interaction' & 'Human Wildlife Conflict' - Petro Diamant
Animals have been exploited and made into commodity to self serve individuals in their quest for riches and even fame. Petro believes that wild animals should remain in the wild. A ban should be placed on all trade for Exotic, Threatened and Endangered Species. Animals should not be allowed to be used as 'STATUS' symbols and species that were taken from their natural habitat should be returned. Organizations and brand houses that use endangered animals and exotic animals in their campaigns to promote products must educate the public on biodiversity and environmental issues pertaining to the species.
It is not always possible to 'Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release' wild animals however the primary goal should always be to release the animal back into the Wild and to do everything in our power to make sure that they are safe, free and remain wild.
PETRO DIAMANT & EARTH ALIVE 365 DO NOT SUPPORT :
- Canned Hunting
- Captive Hunting
- Trophy Hunting
- Petting animals that are meant to be free and wild
- The Trade on Animal Products
- Zoo's, Entertainment Facilities, Malls that continue to remove animals from their 'Natural Habitat' for entertainment and tourist attractions (tourist traps)
MEDIA & PRESS
Image taken in U.S.A at Burning Man 2017
"Nearly 20 tons of pangolin scales were seized from illegal shipments originating from Africa between 2013 and 2016. Scales came from as many as 39,000 pangolins "