Trailer: “God’s Ivory”
“The ivory trade of today is all about power and elitism,” says Reportage photographer Brent Stirton. Together with filmmaker Andrew Hida, Mr. Stirton and National Geographic contributing writer Bryan Christy examine the institutions that continue to sustain the world ivory trade. A trailer is above and the full 14-minute video can be seen in the latest issue of Reportage’s online magazine.
Mr. Stirton continues:
With the main product, religious icons, being traded for huge sums there’s a lot at stake,” Brent continues. “And it goes all the way to the top. There’s massive corruption and yet, because it’s a matter of religion, it’s not being challenged.
It seems that some people of religion have placed devotion ahead of decimation. They’re putting vanity ahead of the consequences. And surely that’s against the central tenets of all scripture?
Video by Reportage by Getty Images