World Animal Awareness Society Sends a Team to Learn the "Truth Through Video" at SNAPPERFEST 2011

Several volunteer film-makers led by Executive Director Tom McPhee are on an urgent impromptu mission to document the human – animal intersection that occurs at SNAPPERFEST in Aurora, Indiana.
Aug. 19, 2011 - PRLog -- Aurora, IN – A team of World Animal Awareness Society documenters will attend SNAPPERFEST to visually document the events surrounding the snapping turtle competition that has recently become a viral animal welfare story on the internet from petitions to protests.

SNAPPERFEST is an event claimed to be held at the Campshore Campground off of State Route 56 in Aurora, Indiana. PETA2 states that “every year at the Campshore Campground, wild-caught snapping turtles endure terrible violence at the hands of participants.” According to some accounts this event features a competition that involves contestants “grabbing a snapping turtle out of a large crate, slamming it to the ground and yanking on its neck until it comes out of the shell. Participants then celebrate by swinging the animal around by the neck in front of a cheering crowd.” (source: )

A  team of experienced film-makers will travel to Indiana as part of the World Animal Awareness Society to uncover the "truth through video" at this event.  We will not only document what occurs at this event, but also interview attendees & possible protesters.  Look for video to be shared through the YouTube channel here: , as well as local & national news stations regarding this story in the near future.  If you are a media organization interested in this story, contact us at to discuss needs for footage and interviews.

The World Animal Awareness Society - specializes in filming contemporary events at the human-animal intersection. Headline stories such as the proliferation of puppy mills including raids by national and local animal rescues; Dolphin, Shark and Whale wars; animal hoarding; and animals affected by man-made disasters are filmed. Recent expeditions produced stories of animal rescue and relief efforts in earthquake ravaged Haiti, dozens of stories focused on the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and the effect on wildlife as part of the ALL EYES ON THE GULF Expedition, most recently an excursion to earthquake and tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan to put a lens on animal/human rescue and relief efforts & American Strays: DETROIT an unprecedented dog census & film study. For more about the expeditions and work of the World Animal Awareness Society, please visit our website to view our videos and learn more:

The VISION of the World Animal Awareness Society ( is to focus a lens on a wide spectrum of interactions at the human-animal intersection and curate a detailed filmed archive of behaviors in expectation of observing human evolution.

The World Animal Awareness Society is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity as determined by the IRS. Contributions to the the Society are tax deductible under section 170 of the Code. EIN: 27-1918794   Please visit our website and donate to support this or other missions

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