|Global March for Elephants, Rhinos & Lions October 4, 2014|
On Saturday Oct. 4th, there is a VERY IMPORTANT global event that needs our support. It is the GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS, RHINOS, AND LIONS. Tippi Hedren will be there speaking on behalf of the Lions in the Wild and Captivity which are in danger. PLEASE read the accompanying message. For details on when and where to go link to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449025795334300/
LOS ANGELES, CA - On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Los Angeles joins 116 cities on 6 continents in the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, and Lions, the biggest international event ever held to save Earth's vanishing wildlife. Our goal is to draw attention to the crisis facing elephants, rhinos, and lions and to call for an end to the global trade in ivory, rhino horn, and other wildlife body parts (such as lion and tiger bones) that's pushing countless endangered species rapidly towards extinction.
The illegal wildlife trade is a transnational business that funds criminal syndicates, fuels conflict in Africa, and poses environmental, development and security challenges. It's also a lucrative business, generating an estimated USD$20 billion per year.
At the launch of United for Wildlife's #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign, in June this year, HRH Duke of Cambridge said, "There are two thousand critically endangered species on the verge of being lost forever. It's time to choose a side - between the endangered animals and the criminals who kill them for money. I am calling on people all around the world to tell us: whose side are you on?"
The answer will be loud and clear from the thousands of people in over 116 cities worldwide joining the march on October 4, 2014. Ricky Gervais has voiced his support of the event, saying "How can we allow the extinction of 2 magnificent creatures for the sake of some morons owning tasteless trinkets or trying fake medicine?"
Also in support of the global march, Joanna Lumley, OBE and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, says "If we stand by and watch the brutal extinction of rhino and elephant, the stain of shame on our human consciousness will never be forgiven or forgotten."
The organizers of the grassroots event say that, "only a truly worldwide effort will stop our globally iconic species being sold into extinction," explaining, "World Animal Day this year must focus on action - individuals, peoples, governments - all of us must act to end the vile trade in endangered species."
Officially acknowledged by United For Wildlife as an event that will raise awareness about the challenges facing the world's wildlife, organizers hope the event will also help to reduce demand for endangered species 'products' and will be pushing for governments to ban all commercial trading of endangered wildlife and to put an end to wildlife trafficking.
"Individuals, and society as a whole, can choose to shun ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bones as commodities," say event organizers, "but we need governments to play their part too, by increasing penalties for bribery, corruption and trafficking offenses, and by shutting down all ivory retail outlets and ivory carving factories, for example." The event will also call on governments to publically destroy their stockpiles of illegal wildlife products, to show "zero tolerance for illegal trading."
In Africa four elephants are illegally killed for their ivory every hour, and estimates are that between only 300,000 to 500,000 survive today. It is estimated that less than 22,000 African rhino now remain: every nine hours one is killed for their horn. As for the 'king of the jungle,' in South Africa more lions survive now in captivity, where they are bred for petting zoos and then canned hunting, than roam in the wild.
Their path to extinction is very clear and the culprit is well understood. "Ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bones continue to be sold to feed a relentless and growing demand, largely in Asia, where the body parts of these endangered animals are still viewed as highly sought after products," explain event organizers.
The ivory and rhino horn trade is particularly cruel and gruesome, not only do poachers indiscriminately slaughter adults, babies or whole herds alike, but often hack off an elephant's tusks or rhino's horns while they are still alive. "When it comes to choosing between saving the elephant, rhino and lion from extinction or slaughtering them for some mythical unproven medicinal property or want for an expensive carving to show social status, we've made our choice," event organizers say. We want them to live.
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