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In the potent brand-new Netflix documentary “The Ivory Game, ” Elephant Action League Executive Director Andrea Crosta ominously warning that the entire fate of Africa’s elephants is in the sides of a single being, Chinese President Xi Jinping. Merely President Xi has the capability, quarrels Crosta, to shut down China’s domestic ivory trade that drives so much of the assassination of Africa’s rapidly lessening elephant population.

‘For the first time in history, person or persons has in his hands, the destiny of an entire species.’ Andrea Crosta in “The Ivory Game”

Crosta is among the central characters in “The Ivory Game, ” where he is also to participate in Nairobi-based protection activist and founder of the nonprofit organization China House Kenya, Huang Hongxiang. Huang and Crosta traveled the world to disclose the complex trading networks that promote the illicit tusk transaction. While Huang generally agrees with Crosta that the Chinese president plays a large capacity in the destiny of these swine, he also cautions that it will take more than simply Xi Jinping’s policies to stop the killing.

Huang assembles Eric& Cobus in the podcast above to discuss more about the undercover sting functionings he participated in for “The Ivory Game, ” and why he feels it is so important has been proved that Chinese activists like him are risking their lives in the effort to save Africa’s elephants from extinction.

FRED DUFOUR via Getty Images Carved ivory is shown to the media before being destroyed in Beijing in 2015 in an effort to shed the nation’s likenes as a global trading hub for illegal elephant tusks.

Join the conversation. Do you agree with Crosta that, for the first time in its history, an entire animal species is decided by merely one person? Or do you share Huang’s more nuanced view that it will take a collaborative effort among Asian, American, European and African leaders to lastly shut down the bone commerce that fuels illegal poaching? Tell us what you think.

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