On October 4, thousands of people in more than 100 cities across the world will take to the streets and demand a revolution. Not a revolution in specific governments, but a revolution in how we're treating our planet's animals. Saturday is World Animal Day, and on behalf of all the world's creatures, it's time that we put an end to a vicious wildlife trafficking industry that has pushed some of our world's oldest and keystone animals to the brink of extinction.
Scientists estimate that we have lost more than 50 percent of all our world's animals in the last 40 years. Among those, elephant populations have faced such traumatic declines that they could become nearly extinct in the wild in as little as ten years. Rhinos are in graver danger still. And the loss of both these species will devastate the ecosystems and countless plant and animal species that depend on them.
The extinction crisis is here. It's happening right now, before our eyes. But together, we can take a stand against it.
In honor of elephants and the fight against extinction, Elephants DC is proud to be hosting the Second Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, DC this Saturday on World Animal Day.
Here in Washington D.C., we're marching to the White House to call for a complete and unequivocal ban on ivory sales. More than 100,000 elephants were killed for their tusks in the last three years. To stop it, we need to get the message out loud and clear: ivory is not art. No one needs an elephant's tusk except an elephant. Ivory trinkets are not worth the extinction of a vital and beloved keystone species.
(Asher Jay: www.asherjay.com)