Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – Edmonton
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Edmonton – Saturday September 24th, 2016 at 1pm in Old Strathcona
Going, going… gone – elephants and rhinos
Please join us as we march with over 140 cities worldwide to call for an end to poaching, and for a global ban on all ivory and rhino horn trade and wildlife trafficking
Citizens of Edmonton are uniting with citizens in 8 Canadian cities and over 145 cites across the globe, to #MarchAgainstExtinction. Set to be the largest demonstration of its kind ever, the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER) on September 24th will raise awareness and ask each and every government to publicly destroy their stockpiles of illegal wildlife products and to show zero tolerance for illegal wildlife trading.
In Canada, we march to demand that our government toughen the legislation on ivory sales in this country and to destroy any and all stockpiles of ivory. Canada along with Japan, South Africa and Namibia have expressed opposition to banning internal trade of ivory. Currently there exists a vast ivory trade in Chinatowns in Vancouver and Toronto and many other major cities across the nation.
It’s painfully clear from the data that even in this ‘modern age’, there is a rampant demand for freshly poached elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn. This growing trade in body parts is a key factor in the demise of these globally iconic species, and GMFER event organizers say that “killing this demand is a key part of the solution.”
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their ivory – 35,000 a year and 3 rhinos are killed every 24 hours for their horn – 1,000 a year: Africa has lost 90% of it’s elephant population in the last 50 years and fewer than 400,000 remain in the wild. There are even less Asian elephants remaining. Rhino poaching has escalated 9,000% in the last 9 years in South Africa and fewer than 25,000 remain in the wild.
Not only are elephants and rhinos iconic creatures, they are also keystone species that are absolutely vital for the survival of plant and other animal species in their home regions. These acts of horrendous brutality are undertaken on behalf of markets in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Asia, USA and many other nations thirsting for trinkets and fraudulent useless “medicine” made of the body parts of sentient giants.
The message is loud and clear and coming from all corners of the globe – at the current rate of killing and with the growing demand for ivory and rhino horn, our children’s children are highly unlikely to see the most magnificent animals in the wilds of Africa and Asia. If things don’t change, future generations will learn about these animals as we all learned about dinosaurs.
WHAT CAN CANADIANS DO TO HELP OUT ?
March with us and share the event page. Consider joining a local group and get involved with planning future marches. We need everyone to help this worldwide movement grow. https://www.facebook.com/groups/GMFER.Edmonton/
Talk about the crisis. Information is power. Talk to your friends, family, coworkers, etc about the elephant and rhino crisis and the real threat of extinction for these species
Talk about how easy it is to acquire ivory objects in our country. For example, if you go to Chinatown in many cities and you know how to ask for ivory by using the term “white gold”, you will likely be able to buy some. You can even shop online and find ivory objects thanks to retailers like EBay and Yahoo. In many countries antique or vintage ivory is deemed acceptable, these companies hide behind the legal domestic ivory trade to profit from the sale of freshly poached tusks.
Buying ivory is much closer to home than what most people think. Let’s educate everyone about owning blood ivory because that ivory comes at the cost of an elephant’s life.
Take 2 seconds to fill out this pre-written letter to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) http://march4elephantsandrhinos.org/cites-…/letter-to-cites/
Canada has expressed opposition to banning internal trade of ivory, so please write to our Canadian representative at CITES here firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your disapproval.
Send the same letter to Prime MInister Trudeau, email@example.com to our Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine Mckenna – firstname.lastname@example.org
Event organizers cordially invite you to join them at the Edmonton Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in Old Strathcona on 24th September 2016 at 1 pm.
Event page on facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/466023743601519/
Find out about other marches worldwide http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org
#StopYahooIvory #NoTrade #GMFER #JoinTheHerd