People in at least forty-six cities around the world are gearing up to march tomorrow to protest the unsanctioned accumulation of “wealth”, but this time it isn’t in response to corporate greed and the wealth is not money or even stocks or gold bullion. Rather, it is in response to terrorist and corrupt officials’ greed that robs all of us of perhaps the world’s favorite animal, the African elephant.
Through the first International March for Elephants, to be held tomorrow, organizers and participants hope to achieve several lofty goals: educate the youth, cease all trade in ivory, end legal hunting of elephants, increase anti-poaching measures, properly penalize poachers, properly penalize corrupt officials who benefit or orchestrate poaching, and destroy all stocks of ivory.
The U.S. has scheduled a crushing of its multimillion-dollar stockpile of confiscated ivory for October 8, and the Tanzanian Association of Tour Operators (TATO), who have spearheaded the Tanzanian movement, are also calling for the same, and have sworn to “…never give up on this cause. Projects will continue all year long, and this walk will happen year after year,” says Arusha Elephant March Chairwoman, Vesna Glamocanin Tibaijuka.
The end goal: destroy the ivory market once and for all. Allowing some hunting, some occasional UN-CITES sanctioned trade, or some nationally sanctioned ivory sales produce a blurred line fogging which ivory is legally sold and which comes from poachers – which for the most part is the majority of it globally.
Poaching is bad for nature – elephants are the sole distributors of many seeds that allow the African ecosystem to thrive, and many animals such as the dung beetle rely on elephant dung for their reproduction. More....