Will you come march with us on September 24th 2016 - on behalf of Earth's disappearing majesty? Elephants and Rhinos are being poached to extinction. Let's march on this day to reverse the trend. On September 24th cities worldwide will join in the 3rd annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to be held on the opening day of CoP17 in Johannesburg. Vital decisions on elephants, rhinos and lions are to be made at CoP17 by 181 members of CITES.
Our objectives are to halt all trade and to get governments (who are CITES members) to change laws, have political will to stop the trade. Last year over 50,000 people marched 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. Inspired by the People's Movement to mitigate poaching and save these iconic animals from extinction, the march in Eumundi is part of a global effort, in several cities worldwide. . facebook.com/events/1680012382274246
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos
Starting at the Pavillion Market area at 9 am
24 September 2016
Pavillion Market, Eumundi
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