More than 35,000 elephants are being killed every year so their tusks can be carved into ivory trinkets. A rhino is slaughtered once every 9-11 hours for its horn. Their only hope for survival lies in an immediate end to the ivory and rhino horn trade (both “legal” and “illegal”) and the chance to recover from decades of mass slaughter. www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org
World Animals Day has been marked by a Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Taking place in cities all over the world, the event has drawn thousands upon thousands of people out into the streets to demand that more be done to protect these wonderful creatures, who are facing such perilous times. Campaigners have warned that elephants and rhinos could unbelievably become extinct within the next two decades, with the demand for elephant ivory and rhino horns increasing.