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.
Christine Jordaan, a member of Wild and Free, South Africa, is the originator of the global march for lions. She says, ”In September 2013, I happened upon an article by Campaign Against Canned Hunting and started reading up on canned hunting. The horrific reality was almost too much to take in. I thought a worldwide march would be a brilliant way to raise awareness in the general public and to show governments that there is a huge number of people out there across the world who will no longer be silent regarding hunting and the cruelty involved. Our goals are to have trophy and canned hunting banned, to get lions on the Endangered Species List where they belong, to stop the export of lion bones to China and to stop the import of lion trophies in to USA and EU.”
Cities that will participate in the march include Hong Kong, Sydney, Brussels, Sau Paulo, Toronto, Frankfurt, Cape Town, Durban, Stockholm, London, New York and Los Angeles, amongst others.
Jenni Trethowan of Baboon Matters fame, has drafted a complete event business plan for the Cape Town march. Her main aim is to organise the largest conservation/wildlife protest march ever held in Cape Town. She plans to make a lion float on a flatbed, donate soft lion toys to an orphanage, distribute leaflets at shopping malls on the day, get game viewing vehicles to lead the march, attract celebrity involvement and organise a formal press conference after the hand-over of the Campaign Against Canned Hunting letter.
Christine Jordaan, the lady who initiated it all, will be leading the march along the Durban beachfront promenade with other local celebrities, sport stars and conservation giants. The Durban march will be filmed by Michael Almendro (of “Tigers and Tutus” fame – a documentary flighted on Carte Blanche to expose of cruelty of circus animals). Other local NPO’s supporting the march includes the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation and Monkeyline.
To get involved and find out more details about the march in your city, click here.