The 5th Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will take place on April 13th with cities around the world joining in a huge day of action for endangered wildlife.
Our key action for the event will be to call for the British government to ban the import of hunting trophies to the UK. We are supporting the parliamentary Early Day Motion that ‘calls on the Government to commit to halting imports of hunting trophies as a matter of urgency‘.
Around 2,500 hunting trophies have been brought home by British hunters over the past decade, among them hundreds from endangered species including elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, leopards – all killed for ‘sport’. These cruel and barbaric practices continue to decimate already endangered species and drive them closer to extinction.
Killing a lion or elephant not only leads to declines in numbers but has wider and longlasting effects on the species’ gene pool, the transmission of knowledge and critical skills, and its odds for survival.
In total, some 1.7 million trophies were legally traded between nations between 2004 and 2014, 200,000 of them from endangered species.
Contrary to arguments used by trophy hunters that hunting helps conservation and communities on the ground, in reality it brings no lasting benefits to either sector, and its contribution economically is virtually nil.
GMFER2019 will be taking place shortly before CITES Conference of the Parties (CoP18) in Sri Lanka on 23 May–3 June. GMFER is organizing a global call to CoP delegates to: support the proposal to uplist elephants to Appendix I, reject the proposal made by some SADC countries to re-open ivory trade and trade in elephant trophies, and reject the proposal to allow trade in the Southern White Rhino.
The broader theme of the event is Save Our Wild World. Wild animals and their habitats are everywhere under threat. Without maximum protections by the global community and CITES, elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes and all endangered megafauna face certain extinction in the wild. Poaching, habitat loss, and the vast trade in their body parts are wiping them out. Allowing them to be killed for ‘fun’ is immoral and indefensible, and we call on the government to act now to stop these gruesome body parts from being brought to the UK.
Please join us on April 13th in London to help make this our biggest event ever!
Check the FB event page for details and more info.