By Chantall Presence
A group of bikers led a rather unusual animal rights protest march to Parliament on Friday in a bid to focus attention on increasing elephant poaching.
Passersby watched in amazement as the loud growl of several Harley Davidson motorbikes drowned out the sound of protesters, some dressed as elephants, and others wearing soft toys resembling elephants as makeshift headwear.
“Worldwide an elephant is killed every 15 minutes,” animal rights activist Nikkie Elliot said as she and others waved placards bearing the faces of elephant orphans.
“The rhino are being decimated, the elephants are being decimated, the terrorists' organisations are poaching, and that's where they're getting their money from, from the ivory trade,” she said.
Media reports have suggested the ivory trade helped fund the attack by Al-Shabab on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last month.
Animal rights activists at Friday's protest believed the sale of stockpiled and confiscated ivory from dead elephants was part of the problem.
“So, we have a situation where a small amount of legal ivory injected into the market has provided the means to hide a much larger illegal trade, whose products are being supplied to consumers, who through ignorance, deliberate misinformation, or because they simply don't care, are in no position to question the origin of what they are buying,” African Geographic Magazine editor Sarah Borchert told the crowd. More....