Poem of the Week: When You Are Old – William Butler Yeats – via Alison McGhee

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

A big thank you to Alison for curating these poems.

​For more information on Yeats, please click here.

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When you ride elephants, watch them paint or beg in the street, you are supporting this:

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PETITION:
http://forcechange.com/…/protect-elephants-from-the-practi…/

Everyone, tourists especially, needs to be educated as to the plight of the Asian elephant. These animals’ spirits are broken through a ritual known as the Phajaan; baby elephants are prematurely ripped away from their mothers. They are then caged, starved, beaten, stabbed, poked and cut as they are kept awake for days without food or water.

Once “broken”, the young elephants are forced into a life of street-begging, trekking (rides), and “entertainment”, eg. circuses, painting, zoos, etc.

Please EDUCATE yourself and others! Do not support this cruelty by feeding a street beggar (baby elephant begging for food), riding on an elephant’s back (trekking) or attending a show.

* Phajaan Ritual (VIDEO): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVckvi_gWVo

* Further INFO/PHOTOS on Phajaan:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/…

http://www.elemotion.org/elephant-tourism/

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Pictures – Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – Vancouver

I am proud to have been a part of this amazing, grassroots event that took place October 4th in 136 cities around the world where people all marched to end the ivory and rhino horn trades that threaten these species. Here are a few pictures from the Vancouver event:

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Vancouver Presentation – Global March for Elephants and Rhinos 2014

On October 4th 2014 Vancouver will take part in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. 130 cities around the world are marching in the biggest demonstration ever to create awareness of the plight of these two species and to demand that governments end the blood ivory and rhino horn trade. This presentation will be shown at the demonstration. Every person who becomes aware and knows about the struggle for survival these species face takes us one step closer to winning the war against extinction. If you can share this with one person you will have helped. Thank you.

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Save the Elephants Infographic

This is a quick video detailing the illegal assault on elephant populations. For anyone wanting to the point information on this topic, this is your video.

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Press Release – Vancouver Joins Global Effort to End Elephant and Rhino Poaching

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE —

Title: Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in Vancouver on Oct 4th, 2014

The ‘Global Mach for Elephants and Rhinos’ (GMFER) is taking place in downtown Vancouver for the first time on October 4th (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Vancouver is joining 127 other cities worldwide including Toronto, Edmonton, Halifax, Victoria, Montreal, Ottawa and Sudbury in Canada.

The GMFER hopes to raise awareness about the current unsustainable killing of elephants and rhino for their valuable tusks and horns. The GMFER was initiated in 2013 by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.

The illegal wildlife trade is a global problem estimated at USD $20 Billion per annum. Poaching of elephant tusks and rhino horn has been linked to regional instability, organized crime and terrorist networks in Africa.

Elephant tusks are mainly being purchased in China for carvings while rhino horn has been linked to medicinal use in some Asian countries.

A recent study has shown that 100,000 elephants were killed between 2010-2012 and remaining populations are now under threat of extinction.

HRH Duke of Cambridge has said about rhinos: “There are two thousand critically endangered species on the verge of being lost forever. It’s time to choose a side – between the endangered animals and the criminals who kill them for money. I am calling on people all around the world to tell us: whose side are you on?”

The GMFER event will call on governments to publicly destroy their stockpiles of illegal wildlife products, to show “zero tolerance for illegal trading”.

Dr. Jane Goodall has endorsed the GMFER: “We must join forces everywhere to stop the slaughter of elephants and rhinos. They feel pain, they know suffering. We must stop people from buying ivory.”

“Individuals, and society as a whole, can choose to shun ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bones as commodities,” say event organizers, “but we need governments to play their part as well, by increasing penalties for bribery, corruption and trafficking offenses.”

In support of the GMFER event, Joanna Lumley, OBE and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, says: “If we stand by and watch the brutal extinction of rhino and elephant, the stain of shame on our human consciousness will never be forgiven or forgotten.”

“Endangered leads to Extinction. We must stop the demand for Ivory and Rhino tusks.
Check the products you buy and read your labels carefully, especially Chinese herbal products.
It’s our responsibility to stop what mankind has started,” says Paul Rodgers, well-known singer-songwriter and owner of Willows Animal Sanctuary in Aberdeenshire, who is also in support of the GMFER event.

Invited speakers at this year’s Vancouver event are:

Jake Wall, is a PhD student in the University of British Columbia’s geography department, works for the conservation group Save the Elephants, where he has helped outfit almost 100 of the mammals with GPS satellite-tracking collars. Read more here.

Rosemary Conder, Chief Development Officer for the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA).

Rosemary  went to Asia in 2011 as a volunteer to help rescued elephants who endured lifetimes of abuse.  The experience showed her the horror these gentle giants face and the impact tourism is having on them.  Elephants have become her friends and teachers. The trip in 2011 to one elephant rescue project became the first of six. Find out more here.

For full details on the Vancouver march click here.

The GMFER will take place rain or shine.

Vancouver Contacts:

Tessa VanderKop (Organizer): tvanderkop@gmail.com

Fran Duthie (Elephanatics Vancouver): elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/654585494606635/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/condofire #GMFER #March4ElesandRhinos

Global Contacts:

Email: March4ElesAndRhinos@gmail.com

Website: http://www.March4ElephantsAndRhinos.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/March4Elephants

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EleRhinoMarch

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A Marcher’s Toolkit – Getting Ready for the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – Vancouver

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Please help spread the word and join the march on Oct 4th 2014.#March4ElesandRhinos

On October 4, 2014 Vancouver will be taking part in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to draw attention to the crisis facing these two species and to call for an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade that is pushing them rapidly towards extinction.

To date, 127 cities across the globe will be marching on that day – this will be the biggest international event ever held to save our planet’s vanishing wildlife, with the focus on elephants and rhinos.

The poaching of elephants and rhinos has reached unprecedented heights in recent years as the demand for ivory and rhino horn has soared in China and other mainly Asian markets. The ivory trade is also fueling terrorist groups, transnational criminal gangs, and armed militias that are destabilizing African countries as well as posing serious threats to international security.

An elephant is brutally killed every 15 minutes – that’s around 100 every day, and at least 35,000 every year. With so few numbers left (some estimates put the figure as low as 250,000 for the entire continent), and with such a slow reproductive cycle, the outlook is looking tragically bleak for elephants. If we don’t take action now to stop this massacre, it will be too late to save them. They will vanish forever – in about 10 years.

A rhino is poached every 11 hours with an estimated 24,000 left in the world. Over 1,000 rhinos were poached last year alone, compared to 13 in 2007. If the rate of killing continues to rise, rhinos too face extinction within the decade.

Here is a short informational video about the ivory trade:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfooocokOr4&list=UULXXG0683FswkRlXk4CTjFQ

And the elephant advocacy group organizing the Vancouver march,Elephanatics

https://www.facebook.com/Elephanatics — Like us!

Event agenda:

1:00 to 1:30
Opening events
We have drummers, face painters, photographers, a fun quiz, and items for sale! We need volunteers the most during this time (beginning at 12:45) to help people register, take photos and sign our petition. There will be charitable items for sale by donation during this time (cash only).

1:30 to 1:35
Introductions by organizers

1:35 to 1:50
Speaker Jake Wall
Jake wall is a PhD student at UBC and an African elephant researcher with Save the Elephants.

1:50 to 2:05
Speaker Rosemary Conder
Rosemary is the Chief Development Officer of the BCSPCA and an elephant advocate, with a particular interest in ethical tourism.

2:05 to 2:35
March!
March Route: Georgia to Granville Station, Granville Station to Waterfront Station, Waterfront Station to Burrard Station, to Robson Street and Hornby back to the Gallery

2:35 -3:00
Closing remarks, learn “What You Can Do”, and more pictures!

For those of you wanting to purchase t-shirts, mugs etc..please visit here:http://www.cafepress.com/marchforelephantsandrhinos

www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

Making Signs and Costumes

While we will have some signs to hand out we encourage you to make one at home and bring it along. For ours we used:

paint stir sticks as handles

foam core to mount the poster on both sides

glue – to glue it all together

Here is some artwork you can use or you can make your own! More to come!

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Chinese poster for GMFER

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Face painting – We’re super lucky to have someone volunteer to face paint. Here are some fantastic designs to choose from. Elephant Face Paint Designs 

Marchers in Israel and London!

Capturing attention and having fun at the same time is important. Here are some examples of other marchers:

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Getting the Word Out

Please help us get the word out. The more people who realize the issues facing these animals, the more of an impact we are able to make on October 4th, the more signatures and MP’s we contact the better the outcome for elephants and rhinos. Let’s make NOISE.

If you have local media, please send them this release:

Please use this poster to publicize the march. Send it to friends and family, post it at your local library coffee shops.

Finalposter – please print or email to your networks.

These smaller promo pieces can be used to hand out to your networks.

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Petitions

Petitions are the life blood of the march. This is how we really make noise. Getting signatures is important. If you can print a copy of this and get signatures and bring it to the march to hand in to organizers that would be amazing and we’ll love you forever.

Petition for parliament-3 – these are signatures to be gathered.

This is a letter we encourage you to send to your MP. All you have to do is add your signature and find your MP through this contact list:

Petition to Parliament Augustt 25-4 – a letter to send to your MP http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Petition to China – Stop Carving and other easy but important actions to take:

http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org/#!take-action/c1qm

Education

You can make a difference. Things you can do are:

Tell people about what you know. (See media below and share)

Take what you know and let your government rep know.

Support people working the front lines.You can do this by “liking” these groups on facebook and social media, sharing stories and news, supporting them by supporting their fundraisers – buy t-shirts, adopt orphans as gifts, or fundraise for them. Do NOT support animals in tourism. Elephant rides and treks are  all a part of a system of terrible animal abuse. Tell people. Excellent organizations to support are:

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Save the Elephants

Big Life Foundation

Wildaid

African Wilfdlife Foundation

There are more  – but these are just a few.

Buy Stuff

Get cool t-shirts, mugs, decals etc right here

Endorsed by Jane Goodall

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Canadian Media and Major Media to date:

Head Elephant Keeper Edwin Lusichi welcomes PBS journalist Jeffrey Brown to the Orphanage to better raise awareness of the poaching crisis. http://www.pbs.org/…/racing-save-kenyas-wild-elephants-poa…/

David Attenborough – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/…/Sir-David-Attenborough-the-esc…

“”As the dominant species on this planet it is our moral duty to protect and preserve all forms of life. For species such as Elephants and Rhinos to be fighting for their existence due to human exploitation and interference is unacceptable and we must do everything within our power to turn this dire situation around. We are responsible for the problem and we must be held responsible for the solution. It will indeed be a very sad indictment on our species if Rhinos and Elephants are no more, and that day will come sooner than we think if we do not take action.”

PBS Special on poaching with Big Life

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/racing-save-kenyas-wild-elephants-poachers/#.VCpWMVGagk4.twitter

Rhinos aren’t sexy but they are cute and definitely worth saving – Metro News Paul Sullivan

http://metronews.ca/voices/just-saying/1164216/rhinos-they-poo-a-lot-and-they-need-our-help/

Chelsea and Hilary Clinton Call for End to Elephant Poaching

http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/world/2014/09/24/16126351/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatodaycomworld-topstories

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos – Africa Geographic

http://africageographic.com/blog/demanding-an-end-to-the-slaughter-of-rhinos-and-elephants/

CBC Quirks and Quarks – Bob McDonald interviews George Wittmeyer

http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/2014/09/06/2014-09-06-5/

National Geographic – Elephant Hero – Sam Wasser

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/elephant-heroes/sam-wasser/

Google Elephant, BC Man’s System, Helps Save Threatened Species – Article on Jake Wall

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/07/17/bc-mans-google-elephant-africa-jake-wall_n_5592978.html

God’s Ivory

Huffington Post – The Role of Religion in the Elephant Poaching Crisis

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jamie-joseph/gods-ivory-the-role-of-re_b_5745994.html

Newsweek: Richard Leakey Tries to Save the African Elephant – Again – August 2014

http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/05/richard-leakey-tries-save-elephants-again-267099.html

Canada AM – August 2014 Greg Gubitz – Big Life Foundation – Why Elephant Poaching Is On the Rise – “We don’t stand a chance unless we drive down demand”

http://canadaam.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=422619&playlistId=1.1971133&binId=1.815911&playlistPageNum=1

Elephants Never Forget, Let’s Not Forget About Them The Globe and Mail August 2014

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/elephants-never-forget-lets-not-forget-about-them/article19999890/

Elephant slaughter by poachers in Africa soars to 100,000 in 3 years – The CBC News August 2014

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/elephants-never-forget-lets-not-forget-about-them/article19999890/?cmpid=rss1

Elephants Perilously Close to Extinction The Toronto Star August 2014

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/08/19/elephants_perilously_close_to_extinction_from_disastrous_poaching_says_study.html

UBC Trek Magazine – Keeping Track of Elephants August 2014

http://trekmagazine.alumni.ubc.ca/2014/august-2014/features/keeping-track-of-elephants/

Ivory Trade: Why Elephant Poaching is still rampant -CBC Online

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ivory-trade-why-elephant-poaching-is-still-rampant-1.2740635

Don’t let anyone discourage you from social action. Protest, pushing government and organizations to change works but we need to work together, have fun while getting some serious things done. If we don’t do this, these animals can’t save themselves.

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos October 4th, 2014 has the support of the following NGO’s

ElephantVoices, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Amboseli Trust for Elephants, Elephants Without Borders, Performing Animal Welfare Society – PAWS, the Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free Foundation, Born Free USA, Animal Defenders International, In Defense of Animals, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, The Rhino Orphanage, United for Wildlife, IAPF – International Anti Poaching Foundation – www.iapf.org

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Mrs Helen Clark, head of United Nations Development Program for your support and inspiration in a call to action for support of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos!!!!

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