The Roots of Heaven (1958)
André Luguet: Governor
Morel : [Presents his petition for protecting the elephants] Would you sign it, sir? It would be a very great help.
Governor : My dear fellow, our first duty is towards mankind. Believe me, we have our hands full as it is now, trying to forestall the worst drought, the biggest water shortage for years. Unless we take timely steps, we're going to have people dying like flies! If you could read some of the reports coming in...
Morel : Yes, I know, sir, I do see. But can't we offer our help and protection to other animals than ourselves?
Governor : Yes, yes, I'm sure
Governor : I see you have a very noble opinion for humanity. Now you really must excuse me.
Morel : You'll hear from me again, sir. I'm not easily discouraged.