Locals celebrate World Rhino Day in Covington with fundraising

Charles Marsala October 6, 2014 0
Locals celebrate World Rhino Day in Covington with fundraising

COVINGTON — Several organizations celebrated World Rhino Day Sept. 22 at Mugshots in Covington. Mugshots hosted a coloring contest and awarded a first place prize of a $250 gift certificate to the Global Wildlife Center in Folsom.
The following groups and their representatives participated in World Rhino Day:
Charles Marsala, representing the Krewe of Tusk & Horn, which promotes legislation through art and education. The Krewe is working with local artists to build an educational Mardi Gras float and to design an educational use for 6,000 tons of crushed Ivory that US Fish & Wildlife has confiscated from illegal trade. Marsala, a former mayor, has drafted legislation to make the trafficking of wildlife a RICO Crime as a means to deter poaching of elephants, rhinos, and lions.
Edna Somerhalder, on behalf of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation which is seeking to create a reserve for animals on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The foundation also educates youth on conservation. Ian Somerhalder, a TV and movie star, has testified twice before Congress on the need for species conservation.
Sean McCarty, a partner in Mugshots which has created the “Ain’t Life Grand” foundation to help non-profits.
Patty Weston, chairwoman of the New Orleans Chapter of the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos 120 cities worldwide will participate in marches Oct. 4. Weston has planned for the New Orleans March to start at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on the corner of St. Peter and Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. A reception will follow the march at Saints and Sinners Restaurant on 627 Bourbon Street.
The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos can be found on Facebook, where 15,000 worldwide supporters have signed on to the group’s page.
The group’s focus is to ban Ivory sales to stop the poaching of 25,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos a year. The March was started by Daphne Sheldrick of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which takes care of orphaned elephants and rhinos.

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