Charities, organisations and individuals -



Soi Dog Foundation

Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. Their aim is to set an example for the Asian region on how to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of existing stray dogs and feral cats in Asia. Soi Dog has been very successful in this goal with a milestone of over 52,000 dogs and cats sterilised reached, as of July 2013.


Animals Asia

Animals Asia is a Hong Kong based charity devoted to ending cruelty to animals across Asia. They promote compassion and respect for all animals and work to bring about long-term change. Much of their work focuses on the barbaric practice of bear bile farming in China and Vietnam. They have been rescuing bears since 1994 and are the only organisation with a bear sanctuary in China. The founder and CEO, Jill Robinson MBE, Dr.Med.Vet. H.C., is widely recognised as the world’s leading expert on the cruel bear bile industry, having campaigned against it since 1993. Their approach to reduce the suffering of animals is through negotiation, investigation, education and empathy.



Dogs Trust

Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Their aim is for all dogs to enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Each year they care for around 16,000 dogs at their 18 rehoming centres. No healthy dog is ever destroyed. They also run subsidised neutering campaigns, give thousands of classroom presentations every year, help pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life and give preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people. Other work includes advising the government on matters concerning dog ownership and assisting overseas animal welfare charities with staff training.


The Humane Society of The United States

The Humane Society of The United States is the countries largest animal protection organisation, rated most effective by its peers. The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands on programs since 1954. They rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but their primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. They work to be there for animals, across America and around the world.



NetAP - Network for Animal Protection

NetAP - Network for Animal Protection is an independent, non-profit animal welfare organisation. While based in Switzerland it is also internationally active with its own projects and other animal welfare partner organisations. NetAP does not differentiate between species. However, due to restricted resources NetAP focuses especially on supporting and improving the living conditions of farm animals and strays, the latter in particular by conducting spay and neuter programs. NetAP is often involved in disaster relief, works through politics and stands against illegal animal trafficking activities. NetAP engages where the need is big and when its help can sustainably improve the living conditions of affected animals.  Everybody at NetAP works on a voluntary basis, with expenses funded by the board of directors and the charities sponsors. No deductions are made from donations ensuring all funds remain fully available for welfare activities.


Marchig Animal Welfare Trust

The Marchig Animal Welfare Trust was established in 1989 by Madame Jeanne Marchig of Geneva, because of her concern for nature and animals and in memory of her late husband, the painter Giannino Marchig. The aim of the Edinburgh-based Trust is to promote and encourage practical work in preventing animal cruelty, which includes looking at alternative methods to animal experimentation. To do this they provide grants and awards to organisations that protect animals against cruelty.

Michael Nyman -

We were thrilled that world famous composer Michael Nyman allowed us to feature his music within the film, alongside our dedicated comoser Mark Adair.
















Post Production -

London based 5A Studios blew us away when they offered their full support in this area of the post production process. The owners of 5A have their own rescued dogs and quickly understood what Environment Films and Soi Dog were trying to acehieve with Shadow Trade. Environment Films and Soi Dog are extremely grateful to 5A for their kindess and expertese. 




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An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign played a significant role in raising funds for the documentary. The campaign ran for just over a month and exceeded its $10,000 target by $3,165. A big thank you to all of the compassionate individuals who donated in this way and to Indiegogo for enabling Shadow Trade to crowdfund. 










Environment Films would also like to express their gratitude to the individuals who donated their time to transcribe and translate the many interviews shot on location. This is a time consuming process that hugely helped the production team.

Director - Richard Elson. Producer - Ella Todd. Director of Photography - Ben Todd.

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