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:
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On October 4th 2014 Vancouver took part in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. 130 cities around the world marched in the biggest demonstration ever to create awareness of the plight of these two species and to demand that governments end the blood ivory and rhino horn trade. This presentation was shown at the demonstration:
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Jake Wall (Save the Elephants) and Rosemary Conder (BC SPCA)
Memorable quotes from Jake Wall’s speech
“The most recent forms of poaching have become reuse of ancient methods like spears, arrows and poison because they are quiet and create less chance of detection.”
“At the moment, the demand for ivory stems largely from Asia – most of it is being shipped and sold in China and Thailand. Carved pieces of ivory can be sold for over 50,000 dollars a tusk.”
“Last year, the Western black rhino was declared officially extinct. And there are only handful of northern white rhino left in Kenya.”
“Elephant herds are mostly female, made up of grandmothers, mothers, sisters and daughters. I think it’s very appropriate then that the organizers of the march today are also female. Making decisions about where to go next and how to navigate the difficult times we are in.”
“As a species, we proclaim to be intelligent and possess advanced capacity for thought and reason. But I think history will judge otherwise.”
Memorable quotes from Rosemary Conder’s speech
“Thailand has seen a 6,000% increase in tourism since 1967 and with it, a surge in enslavement of elephants for such purposes as elephant soccer matches, art shows, treks, even elephant orchestras and elephant ballets.”
“Elephants are remarkably sensitive and complex creatures. They have strong emotional bonds; they flirt and grieve and care for their community and they have long memories. And because they have long memories, many elephants suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Right Tourism stands for Responsible, Informed, Guilt-Free Tourism and is a UK-based charity that seeks to inform tourists of how they perpetuate serious animal welfare and conservation problems by making poor choices. They also provide information on opportunities to do the sort of thing Rosemary is doing.” – Jane McDougal, The National Post.
Opening and Closing Comments
“Looking around today, I see the equivalent of an elephant herd. A herd that has come together out of collective objection to what is happening. And similar herds have formed across the globe today. Let’s march here and now. But let’s keep our herd together after today and grow it some more by educating our friends and families. By petitioning our governments. And by contributing however and wherever we can. I personally don’t want to be part of the generation that let elephants and rhinos disappear.” Jake Wall
Read about us in the National Post – written by Jane Macdougall.
On May 4th, 2014, we danced in the rain for Elephants in downtown Vancouver. Our mission was to raise awareness about elephant poaching in a fun way. We were interviewed by our local news station, News 1130. Read the article here.
Education in action
In February 2015, the Director of Education, Fran, and the Chief Program Officer, Andrea, presented all of our lesson plans at a professional development day for the Langley school district front of K-12 teachers. At the same time, Tessa and our volunteer Leanne Fogarty tackled the North Vancouver school district. The teachers were all very eager to start using the lesson plans!
Yeager, Melaso and Sarara. They had just knocked over an Acacia Tortilis tree and were making short work of it. They are in front of the old Serena lodge that was destroyed by floods in 2010.