Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Leonardo DiCaprio has been rather vocal when it comes to fighting for environmental issues. He’s produced several documentaries about climate change, clean energy and more such as The 11th Hour, Catching the Sun and Before the Flood. Now he’s turned his attention to the threat of extinction facing African elephants due to the illegal ivory trade around the world.
Directors Richard Ladkani (The Devil’s Miner) and Kief Davidson (A LEGO Brickumentary) spent 16 months with a team of intelligence operatives, undercover activists, passionate frontline rangers and tough-as-nails conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking. The result is The Ivory Game, a documentary of this surprisingly dangerous criminal underworld that shows the total lack of respect given to some of the most majestic animals on the planet, all for some rich jerks.
Watch The Ivory Game trailer after the jump.
This is why we can’t have nice things. Elephants are being killed and are nearing extinction in Africa because some assholes decided ivory was something they wanted. And as the population of elephants goes down, the price of ivory, or white gold as it’s known, goes up. So these poachers actually want to see more elephants die. It’s just despicable and disgusting. This isn’t even something that’s a hot-button political issue like climate change. There’s no good reason for this to be happening at all.
In the time this post was put together, a couple more elephants were killed, and this documentary shows how ridiculously dangerous the world is that makes the trading of ivory possible. It’s no different than drug cartels in Mexico or criminal dealings in the mafia. Again, this is all so people can have a tusk on their wall or some expensive item made of ivory that sits on a shelf.
Elephants are disappearing at the staggering rate of 1 every 15 minutes. Their deaths are fueled by the illegal ivory trade, a dangerous network of violence and corruption that a brave and dedicated few are daring to dismantle. THE IVORY GAME exposes the dark world of ivory trafficking from the planes of Africa to the streets of China. By working with undercover intelligence organizations, activists, frontline rangers and conservationists to infiltrate the corrupt global network of ivory trafficking, the film inspires both outrage and hope.
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