Thousands across the globe expected to join International March for Elephants On Friday October 4th thousands of people are to march in solidarity for elephants in 15 cities around the world, including Wellington, in the single largest demonstration of awareness for the species’ imminent extinction.
The International March for Elephants will raise global awareness of the illegal ivory trade and its dire impact on elephant populations. Organised by iworry, an awareness and advocacy campaign by Kenyan conservation charity The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT), the organisers say preventing the slaughter of elephants for their ivory has never been more vitally important than it is today. Though laws ban the trade in ivory internationally, the continued demand in consumer countries has resulted in a thriving black market and elephant poaching. As a result of the illegal ivory and wildlife trade:
One elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their tusks and 36,000 elephants are slaughtered annually.
Criminal syndicates and terrorist groups, exploiters of the trade, threaten global and national security.
In countries and communities where tourism is the main earner, millions of people risk losing their livelihoods and face poverty and increased unemployment rates.
Any decline in tourism revenue for developing countries could lead to increased international aid spending, funded by tax payers, to redress a likely fall in income. Over 1,000 wildlife rangers- have been killed in the course of protecting the elephants over the last decade, leaving families without fathers, husbands and income earners. More....