NEW FILMS ON ECO-DETECTIVES PREMIERE IN USA
Get on the front line with the Environmental Investigation Agency
LONDON: Three gripping new documentaries following the work of undercover
investigators from the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) will
premiere in the USA on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.
Launched as a three-part special under Nat Geo Wild’s Crimes Against Nature strand,
the programmes have been a year in the making and will take viewers into the
murky and high-stakes underbelly of global environmental crime, from Scandinavia
and Africa to Southeast Asia and China.
The full line-up for US viewers on September 6 is:
• Crimes Against Nature: Blood Ivory
8pm ET/PT (Eastern Time/Pacific Time)
The EIA team heads to Kenya, Hong Kong and China to investigate the world of
elephant poaching and the international ivory trade. Following claims of an upsurge
in poaching and ivory smuggling, EIA wants to establish firsthand what’s really going
on. Visiting Kenya's national parks, it documents the horrific reality of elephant
poaching, and in China its undercover investigations discover startling revelations
about how the ivory smuggling underworld works.
Read about the investigation behind the programme at http://www.eiainternational.org/files/news654-1.pdf
• Crimes Against Nature: Making a Killing
Only a handful of countries continue to practice industrial whaling; Iceland is one of
them, pursuing endangered fin whales in order to turn a profit. But rumours have
persisted that there is a lack of demand for this whale meat in both Iceland and
Japan, its main export market. With this in mind, EIA investigators pack their
undercover cameras and attempt to locate and understand the driving force behind
Read about the investigation behind the programme at http://www.eiainternational.org/cgi/news/news.cgi?t=template&a=649&source=
• Crimes Against Nature: Chainsaw Massacre
EIA’s undercover agents head to Laos and Vietnam for a new investigation into the
notoriously dangerous timber trade. Vietnam is fast becoming a major global player
in the timber industry, but with little forest left of its own it is largely dependent on
importing timber from other countries. EIA suspects a lot of this timber is being
taken illegally from Southeast Asia’s rapidly declining tropical rainforests and will stop at nothing to expose this devastating environmental crime which has the
potential to affect us all.
Read about the investigation behind the programme at http://www.eiainternational.org/cgi/news/news.cgi?t=template&a=651&source=
“With powerful and haunting images, criminals caught in the act by hidden filming
and courageous investigators operating on the dangerous front lines of
environmental crime, these films will dramatically show viewers just how much a
small but tightly focused and endlessly dedicated organisation can achieve,” said EIA
Executive Director Mary Rice.
The three Crimes Against Nature programmes are due to be broadcast on Nat Geo
Wild in other territories, including the UK, later this year – watch http://www.eiainternational.org/cgi/news/news.cgi?t=template&a=658&source=
Internet users in the US can see previews of two of the films on YouTube at:
Interviews are available on request: please contact EIA Press Officer Paul Newman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7354 7960.
1. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a UK-based Non Governmental Organisation and
charitable trust (registered charity number 1040615) that investigates and campaigns against a wide
range of environmental crimes, including illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, hazardous waste, and trade
in climate and ozone-altering chemicals.
Environmental Investigation Agency
62-63 Upper Street
London N1 0NY
Tel: +44 207 354 7960
Fax: +44 207 354 7961