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2016 Mardi Gras for Elephants and Rhinos: A celebration 4 life

12734243_10153776260215358_6944977851216971239_n.jpgAs some of you may know I work to raise awareness of the issues facing the world’s remaining Asian and African elephants. I am part of a group based in Vancouver called Elephanatics. We are a conservation group that does educational outreach, action and advocacy in Canada on behalf of elephants.

For the last two years we have organized a event in Vancouver that is part of a global, grassroots initiative called The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Last year over 140 cities organized worldwide. This year we hope to have even more cities participate. Our goal is put continued  pressure on governments and policy makers worldwide to end the ivory and rhino horn trade and to save many of Africa’s endangered species by moving them to Appendix 1 under the convention of the international trade in endangered wildlife and fauna known as CITES.

We are encouraging people in cities around the world to organize events large and small (last year two elderly women organized an event on their street corner which was completely inspiring!)

Without global action elephants and rhinos will be extinction with 10 to 25 years.

On September 24th events will be held worldwide for the opening day of CoP17 in Johannesburg.

Vital decisions on elephants, rhinos and lions are to be made at CoP17 by 181 members of CITES. Our objectives are to halt all trade and to get governments (who are CITES members) to change laws, have political will to stop the trade.

Last year over 50,000 people marched to raise awareness and to demand an end to the poaching crisis that is pushing them rapidly towards extinction.

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.

An elephant is brutally killed every 15 minutes – 35,000 every year.

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.

Speakers at Vancouver’s events this year are:

Patricia Sims –  Co-Founder of the annual World Elephant Day, a global awareness campaign that brings attention to the critical threats facing elephants. The campaign reaches millions of individuals across the globe through events, traditional media, and social media outreach.
She produced, directed and wrote the documentary When Elephants Were Young,  narrated by William Shatner which won best documentary awards in both the Whistler Film Festival and Palm Springs FF..

Paul Blackthorne is an English Actor for film, television, and radio. He is currently a lead actor in the series “Arrow” which is filmed in Vancouver BC. Over the past three years he has collaborated with different conservation organizations to help raise awareness about the poaching crisis facing the African elephant and the rhino. He has run two successful t-shirt campaigns: One in Vietnam for the rhino with the slogan “Keep Rhinos Horny” and another for the elephant “Poach Eggs Not Elephants”.He is a committed social activist for wildlife conservation and has implemented a range of activities calling for joint global efforts to save wild animals, especially the elephant and rhino.

Mike Farnworth is the current NDP MLA for Port Coquitlam.
He serves as Opposition Spokesperson for Justice (Public Safety and Solicitor General).

Mike has been adamant in trying to fight a loophole in Canadian law that allows rhino horn to be sold if it can be proven to be obtained before 1975. Illegal horn is easily mixed with legal horn and thus forms a loophole. He recently tabled a private members bill at the legislature to outlaw the sale of ivory and rhino horn.
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Here is a short informational video about the ivory trade:



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David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphan’s Supporting the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos October 3rd and 4th 2015

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2015 Vancouver – Global March for Elephants and Rhinos Marchers’ Toolkit and Resources

10374982_10153053363255358_1265353712870345524_nHello Global (Vancouver) Marchers!

Here is a toolkit to help you get the word out! Posters, petitions, umbrellas and t-shirts are soon to come!

Vancouver March:
October 3rd – 12:00 to 2:00 pm
Vancouver Public Library – North Plaza – 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Speakers: Dr. Jake Wall – Save the Elephants (African Elephant)
Dr. Hedy Fry  – MP Vancouver Centre
Rosemary Conder – BC SPCA – Elephants in Tourism (Asia)

For those of you attending the Vancouver march and who are interested in helping us get the word out here are a few tools:

Download – Print – Post!


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Umbrellas! Purple and Black are available! $45.00

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T-SHIRTS for SALE – $20.00








Legislative Support!

Global March and Elephant Rhino crisis presented as a private members bill in the BC legislature by Mike Farnworth NDP MLA for Port Coquitlam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-eqW8Algms


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12:00 pm to 2:00 PM

12:00 to 12:40 – music, face painting, t-shirt and umbrella sales, sign the petition

12:40 to 12: 45 Opening Remarks


12: 45 to 12:55 pm Dr. Hedy Fry

12:55 to 1:10 pm Dr. Jake Wall (Save the Elephants)

1:10 pm to 1:20 pm Rosemary Conder (BC SPCA)

1:20 to 1:40 march

1:40 photo, closing remarks, next steps


This year Vancouver joins 10 other Canadian cities on the weekend of October 3 & 4th. Over 120 cities around the world will also be marching to draw attention to the crisis facing these species (and others) and to call for an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade that is pushing these (and many other species) towards extinction.Our march also aims to raise awareness of the issues facing the Asian elephant. It is estimated that there are less than 30,000 remaining with many living difficult (abusive) lives in the tourist trekking and illegal logging industries. Wherever you are find a march near you.

elephanatics.org is hosting this march! https://www.facebook.com/Elephanatics — Like us!

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