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Made by London production company Red Earth Studio for National Geographic, Blood Ivory Smugglers follows Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) investigators as they assess the state of elephant poaching in Kenya and go undercover, posing as ivory buyers to penetrate markets in China in a bid to discover what is driving the black market trade despite the country being allowed to purchase ivory at CITES-sanctioned auctions.
Using covert filming to piece together the evidence, their findings indicate the Chinese Government is profiteering on this 'legitimate' ivory by selling it internally at vastly inflated prices.
A trailer for the film can be found at http://www.eia-international.org/new-trailer-for-eia-film-blood-ivory-smugglers
Mary Rice from the EIA will be on hand to present the film and answer any questions arising.
About the presenter:
Mary Rice has been with EIA since 1996, joining as a volunteer before holding positions including Head of Communications & Projects and Head of Development. She is responsible for directing the long-term strategic management of EIA, as well as working on specific projects and leading the Elephant Campaign.
Mary has worked on a number of different campaign issues, including cetaceans and opposing the construction of livestock fences in Botswana.
A recent landmark achievement on the Elephant Campaign was in 2010 when, against the odds, EIA's investigations into the illegal ivory trade in Tanzania and Zambia were instrumental in blocking further ivory stockpile sales through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
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6.00pm - 8.30pmMonday 12th March 2012