South African wildlife activists have initiated a Global March for Lions that will be held in various cities throughout the world to highlight the plight of lions caught up in the canned hunting industry.
The march is to be held on Saturday 15th March 2014.
What is Canned Hunting?
Canned hunting is where the target animal is unfairly prevented from escaping the hunter, either by physical constraints (fencing) or by mental constraints (tame, habituated to humans.)
There are fewer than 4000 lions left in the ’wild’ in South Africa, but more than 8,000 in captivity, being bred for the bullet or the arrow. Lion farming is a real threat to wild lion prides, for many reasons.
The on-going capture of wild lions to introduce fresh blood into captive breeding, and the growth of the lion bone trade to Asia will impact severely on wild lions from poaching.
This toxic and cruel industry needs to be closed down.
March in London
The March on 15th Match is a global event..taking place on many cities of the world. But in London, it is being organised slightly different. There will be 8 mini-marches, starting at different locations around Central London, and all culminating at Trafalgar Square, London..
Base – Trafalgar Square
Route 1 – Westminster Bridge
Route 2 – Parliament Square
Route 3 – St James Square
Route 4 – Buckingham Palace
Route 5 – Palladium Theatre
Route 6 – Leicester Square
Route 7 – London University
Route 8 – Waterloo Bridge
**For anyone unable to March, or you simply wish to stay in Trafalgar… you can. Gather at the same time (2pm), leaflet and await the excitement**
All routes finish outside South Africa House, Trafalgar Square (North Terrace).
This is a peaceful event, education of both children & adults is vitally important, therefore children are welcomed.
Please click the facebook event link below (London) to get involved.
Can you imagine an outside being coming to hack away human bodies.. just so that they can carve out human skulls and bones as trophy for their collection…or worse.. powdered human bones for their tasty meals..or medicines? (well, this was already imagined and filmed as `The Predator’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger)!
Luckily, we don;t have aliens who come to Earth to do this.. But we humans are quite happy to do it to other animals.. Elephants massacred for their tusks, Rhinos killed for their horns.. Tigers for their tooth, fur and testicles..Whales & Dolphins..and more beasts ..all for our human greed and consumption!
I was feeling tired yesterday, ..and going to be a rather low-key presence at the Peaceful Protest outside Chinese Embassy, London..to band ivory trade.. Showing up and adding a body of support was more important, than not showing up because of personal circumstances..
But I kept thinking about why I am doing it.. ? for me.. for the Kudos..just like some celebrities and politicians do.. to say they support some eco-campaign..? Or to really make a difference…and really save the Elephants?
Personal tiredness is one thing..and is often self-inflicted due to the kind of life styles we lead.. But life or death.. the situation those Elephants face..are not life-style choices for them..is it? They have no power or control over that one.. An external force (the madness of mankind) takes away that. …and their lives too.. Because their tooth is somehow `valuable’ – for medicinal reasons, or just purely as status symbols or art and craft.. !
So I got off my tired back-side, grabbed the Elephantom mask, and got into London.. to join fellow decent eco-warriors, campaigners, protestors and carers… to be outside the Chinese Embassy in London, to send out a physical message…that we do not approve.. that we want them to get their government to stop the ivory trade in their lands…so that somewhere in other lands (Africa & India) poachers won’t have a reason to kill Elephants.. to supply ivory to the Chinese people..!
My Elephantom (Eco-Hero) mask had the desired result.. in attracting a bit of entertaining attention from passers by, as well as Media people.. (well, they want something more than slogans, banners and placards to photograph.. Entertainment sells papers!! So shamelessly some of us exploit that to put our messages across!)
My fellow protesters made sure they stood with their slogans and placards ..right besides me or behind me.. so those will come in photos too 🙂
Well, it was a great success.. Already initial search reveals so many big news papers in Uk have covered the event.. (links blow).
And for a first event of a new eco-(elephant) activist group, Acton for Elephants UK have done very well indeed.. Maria Mossman, who pulled us all together and started this deserves a huge hug..(never mind the pat on the back..organising this sort of thing takes a lot of guts..apprehensions, stress..and a hug will go a long way ..than a pat on the back..in soothing all that stress ! 🙂
We’ve had incredible support from Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) with Mary Rice Executive Director participating and giving speeches, as did ..Dominic Dyer from `Care for the Wild’, and Will Tavers from Born Free..