The programme follows the trade in crocodile and reptile skins which are used by the fashion houses of Milan or Tokyo. Probably 90% of these come from three increasingly rare species of cayman from South America, where there is no legal farming. Colombia has banned the trade, but for the farmers and fishermen of the Magdalena River Basin, the cayman is an important source of cash income. And Colombia’s environmental protection agency, INDERENA, had neither the authority nor the resources to combat the powerful dealers who control the trade.
There are distressing images in this film.
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