On Saturday, October 3, demonstrators in Denver, CO, and around the world will march on city capitals to support the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. The goal is end the ivory and horn trade and stop the poaching of these animals.
This event, which is sponsored by a multitude of local, national and international welfare associations, is asking for citizens to walk for the more than 35,000 elephants that are killed every year just for their tusks. Twice a day, a rhino is killed solely for the prize of its horn. The goal of the march is to end illegal horn and ivory trade and for the United Nations to adopt sanctions against countries who violate intergovernmental agreements of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora. Organizations that are sponsoring and support this march include Animal Defenders International, Humane Society International and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
As of Saturday, September 25, there are 134 cities on all occupied continents that will hold marches the weekend of October 2-4. There are 58 cities signed up in the US and Canada, including three cities in Colorado – Denver, Boulder and Telluride. The list of cities around the world is diverse and includes Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Helsinki, Finland, Tokyo, Japan, Auckland, New Zealand and Cape Town, South Africa.
The event in Denver will begin at 10 AM, Saturday, October 3, on the West Steps of the Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax Avenue. Activities include an anti-poaching drone demonstration, a petition signing that would make ivory sales in Colorado illegal, speeches and music of support and activities for kids. T-shirts and other merchandise will be for sale with proceeds going to support animal welfare organizations. Local organizations supporting the march include the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, African Network for Animal Welfare, Wildlife Protection Solutions, Running Wild, and the Institute for Humane Animal Connection. The event will last until noon.
For those who can’t make a march, but are interested in supporting the trade ban can go to the march website and sign an online petition.
Just yesterday, President of the Humane Society of the United State Wayne Pacelle announced an ivory trade ban agreement by both President Obama of the US and President Xi of China, thus strengthening a international efforts. With China the largest consumer of illegal ivory, this agreement will go a long way in curtailing illegal activities.
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