By Etan Vlessing
Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has joined the fight against the slaughter of elephants for ivory products by throwing his support behind the Canada-Germany co-production Gambling on Extinction.
The documentary, from Real to Reel Productions and German partner a&o buero filmproduktion, investigates the illegal trade of wildlife products, including ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts.
"Everyone should dispel the myths that ivory jewelry and carvings are made from tusks that have fallen off the elephant or from elephants that have died of natural causes," Chan said in a statement issued on Friday by the film's producers.
"This is simply not true. Elephants are being hunted and killed for their tusks. The only way to stop the slaughter is to cut the demand. We are all consumers, so we can all make a difference," he added.
“I know Jackie supports many worthy causes, and we, along with our German partners at a&o buero, couldn't be happier about his support for our film and this international wildlife crisis," said Real to Reel producer Anne Pick in her own statement.
Gambling on Extinction sees German filmmaker Jakob Kneser travel across Africa and Southeast Asia to jungles and trading hubs to expose the major players feeding and opposing the illegal wildlife products business.
Pick and Tristan Chytroschek are producing.
Gambling on Extinction has already been sold to ZDF in Germany, W5 and Animal Planet in Canada, France's ARTE, SBS in Australia and Sweden's SVT.