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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Real to Reel
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 53 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2015
Available in French:

GAMBLING ON EXTINCTION is a powerful documentary about greed and a merciless battle over a limited resource: wild elephants and rhinos. It’s the dark side of globalization: ivory and rhino horn have become lucrative commodities in a 20 billion dollar a year business, the most lucrative after drugs and weapons and it has been taken over by powerful, connected, heavily armed international syndicates. The film exposes the lethal mechanisms of the global trade, the terrorist connection, who the customers are, what generates demand, and what can be done to stop the slaughter.
• 30,000 elephants will die this year alone.
• One elephant dies every 15 minutes.
• Central Africa has lost 65% of its elephant population in the last decade.
A century ago there were 10 million elephants in Africa. Today there are about 450,000 elephants left in the wild. It is the same situation for South Africa’s rhino population. Until 2007 fewer than 50 rhinos a year were poached. Last year, over 1000 were poached.
We are facing the greatest mass extinction since the era of the dinosaurs. Extinction is no longer a by-product of poaching - it is the very purpose. As numbers go down the prices go up, making it a perverse futures market in extinction. Poaching is an international crime. It will take a concerted international response to stop it.
As Allan Thornton, President of the Environmental Investigation Agency, says: "The world has two choices. We can have elephants. Or we can have ivory trade. We can't have both."  

CAUTION:  Disturbing scenes.

Winner, President of the Festival Committee Prize IFF EkotopFilm-EnviroFilm
Nominee, Green Report Green Screen Eckernförde International Wildlife Film Festival
Nominee, German Conservation and Sustainability Film Award NaturVision
Official Selection
DC Environmental Film Festival
IFF EkotopFilm-EnviroFilm
Dominican Republic Environmental Film Festival
Filmambiente Film Festival
Green Screen Eckernförde International Wildlife Film Festival
Darßer Naturfilm Festival


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