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Poaching wars with Tom Hardy

Poaching wars with Tom Hardy
 
Tom Hardy will present  a new ITV documentary series on the stark reality of wholesale wildlife poaching in Africa.
 
Tom has always loved animals. When he became aware of the truly cataclysmic damage being  inflicted on Africa by a ruthless and voracious poaching industry, the BAFTA award-winning actor (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) made it a personal commitment to  travel to South Africa, Botswana and Tanzania and uncover the  hard truths about why poaching has reached these crisis levels.  And see for himself what can be done to stop the killing.
 
Tom is determined to use this documentary series, Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy [WT] to ask the key questions that shed more light on this issue. The actor conceived the proposition for the 2x60 films which is a co-production between Burning Bright Productions and Tom’s production company, Hardy, Son & Baker.
 
Poaching Wars with Tom Hardy is commissioned by ITV's factual team.
 
All over Sub-Saharan Africa, the poaching crisis is spreading like a plague. Cameroon, Chad, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have all seen large-scale elephant slaughter and throughout the rest of Africa, both rhino and elephant are being killed in alarming numbers, bringing both species to the brink of extinction. 
 
On his trek across the continent, Tom meets those affected and involved on all sides of the industry, including the farmers who have lost livestock to poachers, plus key figures from organisations fighting back against poaching on the ground and in government.  
 
The huge amounts of money involved  means the cost is counted in both human and animal lives. And Tom learns at close range about the dangerous people involved in poaching and why they are prepared to kill and die for the wealth there, unprotected, for the taking. 
 
Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV Controller of Factual, said: "The story of the impact of wildlife poaching in Africa is one that is important to tell now more than ever. Tom Hardy's palpable concern and commitment to shedding light on what is happening and what the answers might be allow him to bring this reality home in a way that we believe will resonate powerfully with our audience."
 
Dean Baker, Executive Producer of the film for Hardy, Son and Baker, said: "Hardy, Son and Baker are delighted to be working with ITV on this project. Tom's goal is to bring the senseless slaughter of endangered wildlife in Africa, to the attention of the masses. This documentary is the first step of that process. We both hope it finds an engaged, empathetic audience who can be motivated to action.”
 
Poaching Wars With Tom Hardy is executive produced by Tom Hardy, Dean Baker and Clive Tulloh. The film is produced and directed by Ewen Thompson.