Tens of thousands of people in 140 cities around the world will take to the streets for the 3rd Global March for Elephants and Rhino's to send a powerful united message to delegates on the opening day of CITES which is taking place in Johannesburg between 24 September to 5 October 2016, urging them to vote for the strongest measures of protection for elephants and rhinos. Organisers of this year's march are demanding that CITES impose a global ban on all trade in ivory and rhino horn, and reject all proposals for such trade.
Every year around 30,000 elephants and 1,100 rhinos are brutally killed by poachers. Their tusks and horns are hacked off and trafficked around the world, mainly to countries in Asia where demand is highest but also to Western countries. They are brutally butchered by heavily armed criminal gangs using an arsenal of weapons, including AK-47s, helicopter gunships, snares, and poison. Terrorist groups are also involved in poaching and controlling transport routes for ivory. The Global March for Elephant's and Rhino's aims to encourage ordinary citizens to put pressure on government and conservation authorities in an attempt to crack down on poaching and the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade.
In the UK, there will be 4 events: marches in Edinburgh, London, and Manchester, and a smaller event in Lyndhurst. For more information, please visit www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org and Facebook event pages. Click here for the London Facebook event.
The Global March for Elephant's and Rhino's taking place in London will end at Whitehall where they will deliver a letter to No. 10 Downing St, calling on the government to fulfil its 2010 and 2015 manifesto pledge for a total ban on ivory trade in the UK. By allowing a legal ivory trade to flourish within its borders, the UK is also harbouring illegal trade, which drives the ongoing poaching and trafficking of ivory. It is high time for the UK to ban its domestic ivory trade once and for all and lead the way for a global ban.
The letter’s signatories include top wildlife NGOs, including Born Free, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, EIA, and the Humane Society; leading conservationists and wildlife experts, including Richard Leakey, Jane Goodall, and Dame Daphne Sheldrick; MPs and Lords, including Lord Hague; and supporting individuals and celebrities, including Stephen Hawking, Stanley Johnson, Joanna Lumley, and many more.
The London march will start at 11 AM in Cavendish Square W1 and will end at Whitehall around 1 PM. A letter signed by NGOs, conservationists, MPs and celebrities will be delivered to No. 10 at the end of the march (at approximately 2.30) by representatives from Action for Elephants UK and supporting NGOs.
Short speeches will be made by Nicky Campbell, broadcaster and journalist; Dominic Dyer, Policy Advisor, Born Free Foundation; Stanley Johnson, environmentalist and author; Simon Jones, founder of Helping Rhinos; Virginia McKenna, founder of Born Free; Ruth Powys, CEO of Elephant Family; and Ian Redmond, Wildlife Biologist, Co-Founder of the Elefriends campaign and Ambassador for the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species.
Please click on the city name to be taken to the relevant Facebook event page.
Cape Town: Friday 23 September. Meet in Wynberg Park at 4pm. There is no charge for parking and no entry fees.
Durban: Meeting at UShaka Marine World 11am - 1pm.
Johannesburg: 8-11am. George Lea Park (corners of Sandton Drive and William Nicol Drive, Sandton).