In response to the killing of 35,000 elephants in Africa within the last year, a team of Bay Area elephant activists are taking action to get public awareness about the ivory trade and the thousands of animals that are dying due to the demand for elephant tusks. According to conservationists, if something isn’t done to stop the slaughter of elephants in Africa, these animals could become extinct within the next ten years. Oakland Zoo strongly supports the San Francisco March for Elephants, which is taking place on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 11:00am, with a rally following the March at 12:00pm in Union Square. The public is encouraged to gather on for the March at 10:00am in Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny Street, San Francisco.
“On Friday, October 4th Oakland Zoo staff, volunteers and members will be joining people around the world to bring attention to the crisis facing elephants,” said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research at Oakland Zoo. “Thousands of elephants are being killed so their tusks can be sold to buy guns and to make high value carvings. Please join us at March for Elephants - San Francisco to bring attention to this crisis and urge world leader to stop the illegal massacre of elephant. We can make a difference.”
The March for Elephants – San Francisco collation is part of an international effort to engage the public, educate, and grow awareness in regard to the elephant crisis. According to the San Francisco collation, China seeks 200 tons of raw ivory for their factories each year, which requires 20,000 elephants to be killed each year. The collation also states that the ivory trade is a billion dollar enterprise, and poaching has become a criminal operation that includes smuggling and international cartels.
Besides local support for the elephant crisis, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged her support, urging world leaders to work toward shutting down the ivory trade. Secretary of State John Kerry has embraced this effort along with a pledge by President Obama to establish an emergency task force to address the crisis. More....