This month I joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to unite against poaching. The ivory trade is in full force and the countdown to these animals extinction has begun.
The demands of the march this year are as follows:
1) China must SHUT DOWN its domestic ivory trade and close its ivory-carving factories.
2) The UK government must enact a ban on ALL ivory commerce in the UK. How can we point the finger at other countries when we shamefully allow ivory to be sold in the UK at auction, by retailers, at antique fairs, and online? The UK is the biggest exporter of carved ivory in the EU, helping to feed Chinese demand.
3) Cities must list ALL ELEPHANTS on Appendix I, no matter where they are located geographically. (Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among city-listed animals; they are threatened with extinction and cities prohibits international trade in specimens of these species.)
4) Cities must vote AGAINST legalising trade in rhino horn in South Africa.
It’s simple: If we want to save the few elephants and rhinos that are left we must act now. Don’t be fooled into thinking the problem is being sorted because it is not. Around 38,000 elephants are poached every year. There is a misconception that this is often poaching by locals but I can assure you it is not. This is the work of incredibly clever, mega-rich illegal organisations. Every day, guards watch over rhinos in National Parks worldwide and put their own lives at risk to help protect these animals.
The Western Black Rhino has been declared extinct. The problem is real.
I made a short video of the Global March in London. Please take a look, share it and join the fight. Let your voice be heard.
Check out www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org for more information.