Yves Trevalec, a television producer from Luxembourg with the City TV Network was the successful bidder of a charity auction to benefit Last Chance for Animals efforts in Fukushima Japan. His guest was Pierre Biver, a producer with Hollywood Star Footage based in Los Angeles. The popular Cafe Med on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood was the meeting place for this lively lunch co-hosted by Paul Mason, executive producer of "Hachi: A Dog's Tale". Avid animal supporters, Yves and Pierre are developing a screenplay based on a wealthy Palm Beach couple who meet a homeless man- and learn the meaning of true friendship and devotion through their relationship with their dogs.
Chris DeRose, the respected and well known animal activist, shared his stories and gave everyone a copy of "In Your Face"- his first hand account that delves into the dark forbidden world of animal research and pet theft. Chris also shared his HBO Emmy nominated documentary "Dealing Dogs". Desperate to close down one of the most notorious dog dealers to research labs- Chris placed one of his undercover agents for six months inside C.C. Baird's Arkansas kennel to videotape the hideous crimes being committed against the dogs.
Chris is one of the most outspoken and passionate defender of animal rights around- and you've got to read his inspiring stories! It was a delightful afternoon, and we all had one common goal: speak up for animals who can't speak for themselves.
Vicki Shigekuni Wong
I first spotted Hachiko's statue many years ago at Shibuya Station. Upon returning home, I adopted a dog and named him Hachi. When he passed away, I missed his reflective, welcoming and calm ways. We can all learn from the innate emotional grace of our animal friends and the Way of Hachi. I love sharing the story of the loyal dog of Japan, and hope he inspires more people to "Be Hachi"!