CHINA CAN SAVE AFRICA’S ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION..!!!!
Hi all, here’s an eco-demo that I will be actively participating …on this coming Saturday 24th January’15, outside the Chinese Embassy in London. (I was there last year also, in my `Elephantom Eco-Hero costume). Do join `Action for Elephants UK’ and myself and many friends…on this important Demon. Nearest tube station is `Regent’s Park. Below you can see facebook event link.. But just get there and find us..:-) -Mani
———————– info below taken from FB event page——-
Join us in at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in London to call on China to take urgent steps to help stop the slaughter of elephants for their ivory.
We call on China to close its ivory-carving factories, to close its ivory retail outlets, and to end its domestic ivory trade. As the world’s leading consumer of ivory (over 70% of illegal ivory makes its way to China, to be carved into trinkets for affluent Chinese), China has the biggest role and responsibility in ensuring the survival of elephants in Africa.
Unless China’s leaders take these urgent steps, we will soon be witnessing the last days on earth of these majestic, supremely intelligent and emotionally sentient creatures, who are being wiped out by poachers at the rate of around 100 EVERY DAY.
If China takes the lead to save them, it will gain the respect and gratitude of people the world over. Also, it would be the single most important move to stop the trans-national criminal networks of poachers and ivory traffickers, and to halt the involvement of terrorist groups which are funded in part by ‘blood ivory’.
We are pleased to have as speakers at the event Dominic Dyer from Care for the Wild International and Dr Trevor Jones from Southern Tanzania Elephant Project.
Date: Saturday 25th January 2015
Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
venue: Outside Chinese Embassy, London (Address: Chinese Embassy, 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL London, United Kingdom)
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..