UKRAINE – Days after the release of the official video clip of “Shum”, a song representing Ukraine in Eurovision 2021, the non-governmental organization for the protection of animals UAnimals accused the group of exploiting a protected species in the recordings of the theme.
The accusation was made through social networks and refers to a scene in which the vocalist of the group interacts with a Bútio-tail-cinnamon.
“Even with the current legislation that stipulates that the exploitation of this species is carried out in exceptional situations only for scientific purposes or related to reproduction, settlement and breeding under artificial conditions, we see that more authorizations continue to be issued in Ukraine,” wrote the organization in the social networks, stressing that currently, the number of species across the Ukrainian territory is only two hundred specimens, “This is an extremely precarious balance and these birds need to be protected and not exploited for entertainment”.
After the accusations, the Ukrainian state broadcaster reacted, in a statement, to the situation, clarifying that the use of the bird in the video clip was intended “to draw attention to the threatened species and the revival of nature in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone”, place where some of the images were recorded, ensuring that the entire recording process was attended by veterinarians and caregivers of the species, in order to ensure their well-being.
“The bird landed on my arm in silence, opened his eyes to me and flew. It was a very exciting and super quick moment. We all guaranteed that everything was fine,” explained Kateryna Pavlenko, the group’s vocalist, clarifying that only one scene was recorded, the rest were purchased in stock.