Thousands of marchers took to the streets in parts of London, parts of Africa and other cities around the world to protest the poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa.
The marches were to urge the government to take a stand against the industry that is putting these animals in the brink of extinction. In fact, it is predicted that they will be extinct in two decades.
The Global March took place in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Soweto and countless other big cities. The march took place in 136 cities overall.
The reason that these animals have been poached in large numbers is because of the demand from Asian countries, who use the horn as a traditional “healing power.” Although wildlife conservation organizations have started using methods to remove rhino horns safely, poachers are still butchering these animals in large numbers.
According to the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos movement, there are less than 400,000 elephants and 18,000rhinos in Africa as of today. And still, it is estimated that 35,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed each year.
The solution to this issue is to lower the demand for the husks and ivory of these African animals and to regulate the trade for them. Bigger fines should be put into place for those caught illegally poaching and those who are buying them.
If the voices of these marchers are heard, maybe we will continue to see these animals in the wild, and not just in museums.