The Global March For Elephants & Rhinos LA


Standing with 150 countries today for the Global March For Elephants & Rhinos in LA.

We are joined by co-organizers Susan Campisi & Natalie Gonzalez, discussing listing all species of elephants and rhinos on CITES Appendix 1.

This is what the Global March For Elephants & Rhinos is fighting for:

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

Global awareness to be implemented by governments around the world, applying political power and leadership to put an end to wildlife trafficking.

All countries to shut down retail outlets for ivory and rhino horn Including ivory-carving factories.

Memorandums of demand to be handed over to range, transit and consumer countries (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 and strengthen enforcement of laws associated with wildlife crime.

An end to the capture and export of live baby elephants.

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

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

Destruction of confiscated wildlife products and 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.

Ending “phajaan” (i.e., crushing an elephant’s spirit), the use of elephants in temples and parades, and elephant trekking, practices commonly used on Asian elephants.

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