Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions | Phoenix, AZ

Poaching is killing 35,000+ Elephants every year for ivory demand in Asia.
That is equal to one every 15 minutes.

In South Africa, more than 3 Rhinos are brutally killed every day.
Tragically, death tolls in 2015 will see a record number.

Over 1,000 Lions are shot in canned lion hunts in South Africa annually.
Some of them were beloved and had names.

On October 3 & 4, 2015, cities around the world marched in protest for these animals.

Please educate yourselves and help spread the word for a complete ban on the murder of endangered wildlife for trade of their body parts.

Animals, land and sea, need our voices to help save their lives.

information below was pulled from the website:

The global march calls for:

* Global awareness that governments around the world need to apply political will and leadership to put an end to wildlife trafficking.

* All countries to implement a complete ban on commercial international and domestic trade of all endangered wildlife body     parts, including ivory, rhino horn, lion and tiger bone.

* All countries to shut down retail outlets for ivory and horn and to shut down industries associated with processing these (such as     ivory-carving factories).

* ‘Memorandums of demand’ to be handed over to range, transit and consumer countries (e.g. South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya,     Vietnam, China, etc.), calling for the urgent adoption of more stringent legislation to combat and deter criminal activities     relating to wildlife crime.

Governments to tackle corruption and money-laundering linked to illegal wildlife trafficking by adopting or amending legislation to criminalize corruption and bribery that facilitate poaching and wildlife trafficking.

* Governments to adopt more punitive legislation in sentencing wildlife traffickers.

Governments to strengthen enforcement of laws associated with wildlife crime.

* The United Nations, including the Security Council and General Assembly, to adopt sanctions against those countries in violation of intergovernmental agreements as adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wildlife Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Action to be taken at all points in the illegal supply chain in source, transit and destination countries.

Full engagement by governments in relevant bilateral, regional and international mechanisms.

Destruction of confiscated wildlife products.

 Renunciation of the use of products from endangered species.

 All governments to adopt or amend legislation to criminalize poaching and wildlife trafficking and to ensure such criminal offenses are identified as serious crimes within the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC), as called for in Resolution 2013/40 of the UN Economic Council.

 International cooperation, including extradition and mutual legal assistance where criminal offenses are transnational in nature.

* All governments to strengthen legal frameworks and facilitate strict law enforcement to assist in the prosecution and imposition of penalties that will act as proper deterrents to wildlife crime.

* Governments to strengthen law enforcement, cross-border and regional co-operation to protect populations of threatened species from poachers.

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