Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

Today, Saturday October 4th, is the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. This event aims to call attention to the dire need of a worldwide ban on selling rhino horns and elephant tusks. Each year, a staggering 35,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed each year due to the demand for ivory and rhino horn and increasing poaching rates. It has been estimated that, if this trend continues, both species could be extinct within 20 years.

Imagine that. Our generation’s children will be living on an earth that is not graced by these graceful, gentle, beautiful giants. Elephants and Rhinos will become a whimsical memory, elusive as dinosaurs. And all that will be left of them is the reason why they were extinguished: the ivory humans stole from them.

Elephant Tusks are used to make jewelry, souvenirs, and other trinkets.

Rhino Horns are believed to cure fever, pain, arthritis, convulsions, and other maladies.

We demand greater protection for Rhinos and Elephants. We cannot stand by and allow this vicious, greed-driven massacre to continue. Drastic action must be taken now. It doesn’t matter how lucrative the elephant tusk and rhino horn trade is. It doesn’t matter how many ignorant customers will be disappointed when they don’t get their precious ivory goods. Elephants and rhinos play an irreplaceable role in their environments. Saving these species must become the priority.

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To voice the need to extend greater protection to elephants and rhinos, I participated in a March for Elephants and Rhinos in my college town. Individual voices are small. But together, our shouts will be heard around the world. We demand that all trade and poaching of elephant tusks and rhino horns be immediately put to an end. That all carving shops and factories be shut down. For the law to strictly enforce penalties for harming these animals.

Today, we are at a crossroads of two futures. In one, elephants and rhinos roam freely and peacefully, awing the world with their grace and beauty.

But in the other, the earth is barren and plain. Their large, looming figures do not frame the horizon. The ground never rumbles with their mighty steps. Instead, the quaking earth mourns the loss of the beautiful beasts who used to bring such pride and magnificence to her plains.

If we do not take initiative today, that somber, desolate future will become a reality. We will be left in painful regret, that we were the reason why these remarkable and irreplaceable creatures were driven into extinction.

Sometimes, giants need protection, too. And there will always be space in my heart for them, no matter their size.

 Below are my photos from the March:

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I couldn’t go to the march without my beautiful elephant tee shirt. Unfortunately, it was super cold so I had to wear a jacket over it. 😦

I made these signs the night before:

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We marched through the streets yelling these chants. Many heads turned. Some applauded to show their support. One woman we met even joined our march!

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I marched alongside these inspiring, motivated people.

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Afterwards, we hung up the signs for display on campus.

Participating in the 2014 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos was an amazing experience.  This was my first animal rights protest, and I truly feel like I have found my passion in life: fighting for animal rights! I hope to participate in many, many more protests to spread awareness of the suffering of our animal friends.  The world must see and know!

Best,

Leila

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8 thoughts on “Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

  1. urbavore says:

    What’s happening to elephants and rhinos breaks my heart. Unfortunately, the poachers are a pretty vicious group–poaching money is used to fund terrorism in Africa. On the other hand, Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball player, is trying to raise awareness of the problem in China, which is the real market for ivory. He did a great job reducing demand for shark fins in China, so maybe there’s hope.

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    • It is beyond saddening that elephants and rhinos have become victims to humans’ own violence, greed, ignorance, and political strife. But it is great that so many celebrities have begun to speak out for elephants and rhinos. I hope that as awareness is spread, people will stop purchasing ivory and rhino horn so poaching can come to an end!

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  2. I read somewhere that the poaching has gotten so bad that elephants born more recently are growing shorter tusks. They’ve actually had to evolve to not be poached. If that doesn’t speak volumes about how terrible the ivory trade is, I don’t know what does.

    Glad you were able to participate in this event!

    PS: Where did you get that lovely tee shirt?

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    • Wow, it is so saddening that humans have poached so many elephants that the population is now primarily short-tusked elephants! Thank you for sharing, I had never heard that before.
      I purchased the elephant shirt from a local recycled clothing store called Ragstock. The brand is called “Scratch.”

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