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ADI joins the March Against Extinction!

Posted: 25 September 2016

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On Saturday 24 September 2016, ADI joined the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos #MarchAgainstExtinction in Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles and Bogota. The timing of the global event, held in over 130 cities around the world, was to highlight the terrible threats wild populations face on the opening day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Conference of Parties (CoP17). Together we delivered the message loud and clear that elephants, rhinos and lions are on the brink and need our urgent help.

In Johannesburg, ADI founders Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips joined the march to the CITES Conference, where Jan was interviewed by the media and an ADI team is making the case for the maximum animal protection for animals.

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London saw around 1,000 people march to Downing Street, where a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to ban all ivory trade in the UK, was handed in. Prior to the march Ministers had announced a ban on ivory less than 70 years old; this however will not prevent illicit ivory being passed off as antique. Speakers on the day included conservationist, former MEP and ADI friend Stanley Johnson; presenter and journalist Nicky Campbell; and writer and broadcaster Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.

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In Los Angeles, people marched down Broadway and lined Cesar Chavez, with media interviewing ADI Campaigns Director Matt Rossell on our work at CoP17.

To conclude the day, ADI and our inflatable lion joined a Peace With Animals event in the Colombian capital Bogota where attendees learned about our CITES campaign and remembered with fondness our rescue of the “Colombian 9” lions during Operation Spirit of Freedom.

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