Global march planned against poaching

2014-09-18 21:53
Faced with increased activity by poachers and traffickers, who are decimating the African elephant population to the point of potentially causing its extinction in the long run, the destruction of seized ivory by security officials have increased. (T

Faced with increased activity by poachers and traffickers, who are decimating the African elephant population to the point of potentially causing its extinction in the long run, the destruction of seized ivory by security officials have increased. (T

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Johannesburg - A global march demanding action to stop rhino and elephant poaching will be held across 125 cities on 4 October, organisers announced on Thursday.

"More than 35 000 elephants are killed every year in Africa for their tusks," said Dex Kotze, co-ordinator of the global march.

In South Africa alone, "we've already lost about 700 rhinos to poachers this year", he said.

Between 10 000 and 20 000 protesters are expected to turn out for the march in Johannesburg, calling for stiffer penalties against poachers and traffickers of ivory and rhino horns.

They will hand petitions to the embassies of 19 countries - including China and Kenya - accused of failing to take sufficient action to combat the problem.

Rome, Madrid, London and New York are among the other cities where protests are planned.

"We need to change the law," said Kotze. "You cannot bypass the port of Mombasa, Zanzibar or Maputo without corrupt officials.

"Wildlife crime is estimated at $20bn (about R220bn) a year," and "terrorist organisations like al-Shebaab are using ivory trafficking and exchange ivory for weapons."


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