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Canada Refuses an Ivory Ban Motion to Protect Endangered Elephants

Vancouver – Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Press Release

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Canada Refuses an Ivory Ban Motion to Protect Endangered Elephants

Prior to the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Vancouver Joins the Global March with a Mardi Gras for Elephants and Rhino

Vancouver, BC, September 15, 2016 – Canada was one of only four countries that objected to motion by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last weekend. The motion called for every country to ban their internal trade of ivory and would help protect elephants facing extinction due to rampant poaching. The ban is enthusiastically supported by 145 cities participating in the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on September 24. Well over 50,000 people are expected to march in 38 countries, to coincide with the first day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) conference

The feud between Canada, South Africa, Namibia and Japan, versus the other 213 government agencies at the World Conservation Congress, caused walkouts and threats of cancelled membership. Canada argued that the ivory ban would affect the hunting of walrus and narwhal by the Inuit in Canada’s Arctic. The two government agencies that abstained were the Canada Parks Agency and Canadian Museum of Nature.

An African elephant is killed every 15 minutes and a rhino is poached every 8 hours, sometimes enduring days of pain before death. There are fewer than 400,000 elephants and 18,000 rhinos left in the wild in Africa. At this rate, it is estimated that both species face extinction in the wild in as soon as 10 years.

While the IUCN motion is not legally binding, it is hoped that it will encourage a commitment to both an international and domestic ban of ivory trade at the upcoming conference in Johannesburg. John Scanlon, secretary-general of CITES has said the conference “is without doubt one of the most critical meetings of CITES in its 43-year history.”

Canada is a signatory to CITES but is yet to publicly state the level of protection it intends to afford elephants, when it votes at the conference. Given the significance of this year’s conference, the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is poised to be the world’s largest demonstration to save animals. Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Sudbury, London, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax will all take part.

Elephanatics, an elephant conservation non-profit group in Vancouver, is hosting the city’s third year of participation in the Global March with a Mardi Gras for Elephants and Rhinos. The family-friendly celebration of these iconic animals facing a tenuous future, is free to attend at Creekside Park beside Science World on Saturday, September 24 from 12pm – 2pm.

Activities will be free or by-donation and will cater to all ages. Attendees can also learn how easy it is to help save the few elephants and rhinos that remain. Live music, Mardi Gras necklaces, elephant mask-making, wildlife face painting, henna tattoos, a pro-animal graffiti wall, and an elephant costume competition (for humans and dogs!) will be available. A professional photographer will give guests a photo of themselves beside a 2-metre high elephant or rhino image. Elephanatics also promise the biggest “trunk sale” of pachyderm-themed jewelry, homewares and clothing. All donations benefit the Elephant Crisis Fund – an anti-poaching initiative from Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network.

“Can you imagine your children not ever being able to see a live elephant in the wild? The Mardi Gras is a unique opportunity to tell Canada’s CITES delegates to stand with the rest of the world and stop the poaching. Canadians don’t want a world without elephants, but we have to speak up at this event or it might be too late. Elephants don’t forget – so let’s not forget elephants,” explained Fran Duthie, Co-Founder, Education Director and Volunteer at Elephanatics.

Patricia Sims, an award-winning documentary filmmaker (When Elephants Were Young) will explain how an ivory sale price in China of CAD$1,500 per kilogram attracts international terrorist groups like the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Sims co-founded World Elephant Day (August 12). Now in its fifth year, the initiative partners with 100 elephant conservation organizations worldwide.

Film and television actor, Paul Blackthorne (“Quentin Lance” in Vancouver-filmed Arrow), will also be a guest speaker. “It is more important than ever to support awareness raising efforts which pressure governments to implement and enforce wildlife crime laws. We simply can’t be the generation responsible for the extinction of elephants and rhino,” says Blackthorne.

Also joining the speaker’s panel is NDP MLA Mike Farnworth who has tabled a private member’s bill (M-234) banning the sale of ivory and rhino horn. This bill closes a loophole that permits trade in ivory and rhino horn in British Columbia.

To tell CITES delegates to provide elephants with the highest level of protection, a petition can be signed at http://www.elephanatics.org/blog. To take part in history’s largest and most powerful global wildlife event, join the Mardi Gras for Elephants and Rhinos and demand an end to poaching on Saturday September 24 beside Science World.

About Elephanatics

Elephanatics is a non-profit organization founded in May 2013 in Vancouver. It is run exclusively by volunteers who aim to help the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants through conservation, education and action. Elephanatics first introduced Vancouver to the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in October 2014 and has hosted the annual free event ever since. www.elephanatics.org

About Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is a registered, non-profit organization in the United States. It is a grassroots, worldwide movement demanding an end to ivory and rhino horn trade. The first march was in 2013. www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org

For more information or to book media interviews –

Contact: Tessa Vanderkop

Director of Community Engagement

Elephanatics

elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

604-789-8886

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Fashion Week Shines a Spotlight on the Elephant Crisis

 

Vancouver, BC: In an industry that regularly garners criticism from animal advocates, Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is showing the world that animals do in fact matter. On Saturday (March 19) March 20 (VFW ) will feature Elephantasia, a pachyderm-inspired, eco-couture collection by a collaboration of 12 different designers globally. This travelling exhibition will raise awareness and funds for African elephants who are killed for their ivory. In Africa an elephant dies every 15 minutes. Ninety-six elephants die from poaching per day and at this rate, African elephants will be extinct within our generation.

Elephantasia is enlisting the support of BC’s only elephant advocacy organization – Elephanatics. Based in Vancouver, the group helps the long-term survival of elephants by raising awareness, organizing events such as the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, and providing education on the enormous challenges elephants face in Africa’s poaching crisis and in Asia’s tourist trade.

The fashion show On Saturday March 19th will also include guest speaker, Dr. Jake Wall, Chief Scientific Research Advisor for Elephanatics. (Elephanatics, Save the Elephants, UBC Grad and National Geographic Explorer) He will speak at 4:30 pm about the current poaching crisis in Africa. Dr. Wall developed a real-time monitoring system using high-tech GPS tracking technology inside collars that were put on wild elephants. The system helps counter elephant poaching in Kenya and South Africa. Dr. Walls technology was instrumental in capturing iconic footage of a one-hundred-plus elephant herd for National Geographic’s documentary, Great Migrations.

On Sunday (March 20), Elephanatics will host an information booth at VFWs show at the Chinese Cultural Centre at – 4:00 pm. The booth will be collecting donations for the African Wildlife Foundation and encouraging donations with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s baby elephant orphanage in Kenya that cares for the young elephants orphaned by poaching, until they are ready to be introduced to the wild again.

EVENT DETAILS

Elephantasia at Vancouver Fashion Week

March 19 14 to 20, 2016 at 4:30 pm

Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver

50 East Pender Street

Vancouver, BC

http://vanfashionweek.com/elephanatics/

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Twitter: @elephanaticsbc

facebook.com/Elephanatics/

Instagram: Elephantasia2016

MEDIA CONTACT

Tessa Vanderkop

elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

604-789-8886

 

 

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Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Oct 3 & 4 2015

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I am an animal lover and an advocate for species at risk.  I have pledged to raise awareness and funds for elephants and rhinos. I advocate on behalf of elephants and rhinos who are poached, elephants who are enslaved in entertainment or in horrific conditions as working animals. (Asian Tourism, circus elephants).

I am also the co-organizer for the second annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos on October 3rd, 2015. I am grateful for my co-organizers Fran, Andrea, Jake and Christine at Elephanatics who have jumped into the madness with me along with the growing number of incredible volunteers, not the least of whom is Dave who works tirelessly for animals.

Please find a city near you or better yet organize a march in your city! Without our help, without a global effort these two species face extinction.

  • Last year 137 cities, and over 50,000 people marched. Let’s double it this year. Let’s scream and yell and make our voices heard. Let’s change this outcome for these animals. Come on. Let’s do it.
  • Last year 35,000 elephants were poached, 100 a day, or 1 every 15 minutes. There is a growing market for ivory from China with the US being the second biggest market for ivory. Political instability and terror groups use ivory to fund their activities. Ivory is now worth more than gold. Poaching is wreaking havoc on elephant populations and on communities.
  • Less than 100 years ago 5 million elephants roamed Africa. 90 percent of them are now gone. On our watch.
  • Rhino horn is prized for its “medicinal” properties. This miseducation has left us with only 25,000 rhinos and a rapidly growing market in Vietnam and Asia.
  • Ivory funds terrorism. Elephants and rhinos cannot fight the war that is being waged against them without our/your help.

You can find out more about the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos right here. Find your city and join the many others who are lending their time and effort to speak up on their behalf.

Here are some pictures from last year’s march.

The Vancouver march will be held at the Vancouver Public Library North Plaza from 12:00 pm to 2:00 om Saturday October 3rd. Join us.  These guys need all the help they can get. We’ll have music, speakers, face painters, cool stuff for sale and of course we’ll sign petitions and make as much noise as we can so the world hears and responds to this urgent issue.

Join the Vancouver march here.

Find your city here.

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Wildaid – elephant poaching outpaces birth rate – Please share widely

According to a new report, #elephant poaching levels in Africa continue to outpace elephant birth rates.
Elephants have strong family bonds and share with us many emotions, from grief to compassion and joy. We’re proud to collaborate with actress Li Bingbing to bring awareness to these profound similarities.

Li Bingbing PSA – ‘Hunted’ from WildAid on Vimeo.

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ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS – Organize a protest, join a Mass Mail Campaign – you can help!

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In the wake of the last few Chinese horror stories including the big Chinese buying trip to Tanzania and the abduction of 35 baby elephants (one of whom has already died) the grassroots advocacy movement “Global March for Elephants and Rhinos” is asking cities to organize protests all over the world at Chinese Consulates on January 24th OR if you can’t participate or organize a protest – to join in a mail campaign. Please follow the details of these campaigns here and join the mail campaign here.

CTION! You MARCHED with #GMFER October 4th, JOIN US in early 2015 as we organize peaceful PROTESTS at Chinese embassies and consulates from January – June, and join our MAIL STORM to write to stop the poaching and ivory trade! You’re needed to give the elephants and rhinos your presence and your voice!

Tell China to BAN its ivory trade and shut down its carving factories! Our London organizers have kicked off our protests with their January 24th demo at China’s London embassy here: http://goo.gl/dSA69K
More protests coming, including San Francisco and Washington, DC!

Want to ORGANIZE a protest? PM or email us at: march4elesandrhinos@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend or organize a peaceful protest at a Chinese embassy or consulate in your city, please WRITE! Our mail storm event page is here, with thanks to our Chris Sarjeant for creating this ~ for the price of a stamp you can urge China to BAN all domestic ivory trade: http://goo.gl/iiGF3A

China must ban all domestic ivory trade if the elephant is to survive ~ help make it happen in 2015!

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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Tusky Business – Jon Stewart

The findings of last week’s EIA report Vanishing Point, into the illegal ivory trade between Tanzania and China, have made it onto the popular US new satire The Daily Show With Jon Stewart …

WARNING – clip contains references of a sexual nature.

You can read and download Vanishing Point, in English and Swahili, at http://eia-international.org/vanishing-point-criminality-co… #‎ivory‬ ‪#‎elephants‬ ‪#‎Tanzania‬ ‪#‎China‬ ‪#‎JonStewart‬

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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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