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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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iWorry campaign #1Every15 Minutes is Killed for the Ivory Trade

Jisupportp11oin us for the iworry International March for Elephants on Friday October 4th.

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Why Join iWorry?

Last year up to 36,000 elephants were killed for their ivory. 1 life lost every 15 minutes.
At the current rate of poaching African Elephants could face extinction in the wild by 2025.

Join us as we peacefully march in 15 cities around the world on Friday 4th October.
You can also show your support by joining the digital march for elephants.

Support the DSWT’s iworry campaign and be a part of a global effort to protect and preserve elephants.

The iworry campaign was created by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and exists to raise global awareness to the devastating impact the illegal ivory trade is having on elephant populations. Launched in September 2012, the campaign has attracted worldwide backing calling for a complete ban on the illegal trade in ivory.

As a field based organisation, the DSWT works on the front line to protect wildlife and prevent the suffering and killing of wild animals. Recognising the need for greater global awareness of the illegal wildlife trade in ivory, which is claiming the lives of 36,000 elephants annually, the DSWT launched iworry in 2012. The campaign is based on the premise that everyone has a stake in conserving elephants and that we must come together if we are to successfully educate and inform people as to the existence of the illegal ivory trade, the devastating toll it is having on elephant populations and through that, call on governments from around the world to take proactive steps to tackle this illicit trade and save elephants.

Sharing the evidence of poaching witnessed by DSWT teams in the field, iworry utilises social media, petitions, imagery, the press and public marches to create an awareness of the existence of the ivory trade and its impacts. The loss of elephants in the wild, an iconic, intelligent and social species, would not only make the world a lesser place, it would have serious environmental and economic repercussions. The iworry campaign calls on world governments to make the illicit ivory trade and wildlife crime a priority issue, to make a financial commitment to security enforcement and to impose a complete ban on all ivory sales.

Why March?

The International March for Elephants has been organised by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) through their iworry campaign and will be taking place in 15 cities across the globe in the single largest demonstration of awareness for the species.

The ivory trade is an international problem and one which must be recognized by Governments worldwide if we are to see any changes.

Join your local city March and stand in solidarity with elephants.

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to one of our fifteen official marches:

Arusha
Bangkok
Buenos Aires
Cape Town
Edinburgh
London
Los Angeles
Melbourne
Munich
Nairobi*
New York City
Rome
Toronto
Washington DC
Wellington

*Please note – due to recent events which took place in Nairobi from 21/09 – 24/09 we have decided to cancel the International March for Elephants in Nairobi. We will hold a vigil for those who so tragically lost their lives in the attacks and also for the elephants who continue to fall victim to the ivory trade. This will be held on the day of the March October 4th at the Nairobi Nursery. More info at: http://www.dswt.org

The peaceful marches will be concluding at Government Buildings where we will hand over a letter carrying the voice of thousands of people, calling for stricter penalties and urgent global change.

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Elephant Masks

To make it clear exactly what we are marching for on Friday 4th October, we have produced an Official DSWT Elephant Mask for you to print off and wear to show your support. Please see here for a step-by-step on how to secure your Official DSWT Elephant Mask.

Placards

For those who are attending the march and would like to bring along your own placard, we advise that these are produced A1/A2 size with the following phrases:

‘Say NO to ivory’
‘Stop the ivory trade. Save the elephant’
‘Elephant Extinction 2025 – Not on our watch’
‘Join the fight to Save Elephants iworry.org’

We do not condone any offensive text and/or imagery on any placards. This is a peaceful march and all aspects will reflect this.

To download all this material, please visit http://www.iworry.org/

Promotional Material

Download the iworry poster

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