Please help spread the word and join the march on Oct 3rd 2015!
- Facebook event
- Facebook tags: #March4ElesandRhinos #MarchAgainstExtinction #GMFER
- Twitter: @condofire @elephanaticsBC
Dr. Hedy Fry – MP Vancouver Centre
Dr. Jake Wall (Save the Elephants)
Rosemary Conder BC SPCA
On October 3rd and 4th over 120 cities worldwide will join in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Last year over 50,000 people marched all over the world to raise awareness and to demand an end to the poaching crisis that is pushing them rapidly towards extinction.
The poaching of elephants and rhinos has reached unprecedented heights in recent years as the demand for ivory and rhino horn has soared in China and other mainly Asian markets. The ivory trade is also fueling terrorist groups, transnational criminal gangs, and armed militias that are destabilizing African countries as well as posing serious threats to international security.
An elephant is brutally killed every 15 minutes – that’s around 100 every day, and at least 35,000 every year. With so few numbers left (some estimates put the figure as low as 250,000 for the entire continent), and with such a slow reproductive cycle, the outlook is looking tragically bleak for elephants. If we don’t take action now to stop this massacre, it will be too late to save them. They will vanish forever – in about 10 years.
A rhino is poached every 11 hours with an estimated 24,000 left in the world. Over 1,000 rhinos were poached last year alone, compared to 13 in 2007. If the rate of killing continues to rise, rhinos too face extinction within the decade.
Here is a short informational video about the ivory trade:
And the elephant advocacy group organizing the Vancouver march, Elephanatics