The documentary Blood Ivory Smugglers, following EIA undercover investigators in Hong Kong, China and Kenya, makes its UK premiere on Nat Geo Wild; EIA co-founder Dave Currey was one of the team being filmed and here reflects on his experiences of campaigning against the ivory trade
For a successful crime cake, you’ll need a victim in demand, easy to move to market and one that fetches a high price. It’s also very handy if the people who decide on priorities are constrained or unaware or, best of all, just not bothered about this particular victim – often the case with wildlife and forest crime
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I was asked to help with the preparation work for the Tiger Time event A World Without Tigers?, at the Royal Geographical Society on October 7. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation had invited EIA to talk at the event in order to raise awareness of the precarious plight of wild tigers
Surprisingly, Hollywood and film-makers in general have been a bit lax when it comes to spinning tales around, or even merely touching on, the planet’s more pressing environmental concerns
People sometimes ask me how I can do my job. Actually, I don’t know how the folk at STE do theirs. EIA’s work is in many ways a one removed from the grim reality of poaching because we are focusing on the trade; so it’s rare for us to be present at the immediate aftermath of a poaching incident.