Locals lead effort to save elephants, rhinos

Charles Marsala August 10, 2014 0
Locals lead effort to save elephants, rhinos

COVINGTON – The North Shore’s Patty Weston, Theresa DeLeon, Charles Marsala and Teryl Flettrich have organized the Krewe of Tusk and Horn (KoTH) to promote awareness of the increased poaching of elephants and rhinos and to raise funds to care for the baby orphans as a result of the killings for rhino horn and elephant tusk.
After Weston recruited her organizing committee, the group’s first step was to help the organization 96Elephants.org obtain 9,600 signatures to present to Gov. Bobby Jindal on August 12, which is World Elephant Day. The individuals who singed the petition show their support for banning ivory trade. Globally, 96 elephants are poached every day and approximately 93 Rhinos each month.
KoTH’s second phase is hosting the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in New Orleans, which is to be held on October 4, World Animal Day. Currently, the march/rally is planned near Audubon Zoo from noon to 4 p.m. Globally, 114 cities are taking part.
The rapid increase in poaching has caught the attention of numerous celebrities including Prince William of England and Covington born Diaries of a Vampire actor, Ian Sommerhalder, who recently spoke to Congress on Species Conservation. The NBA has endorsed Wild Aid with two awareness commercials and WYES is showing movies of the lives of the baby elephants and Rhinos being cared for as orphans in the program “My Wild Affair.”
Anyone interested is asked to “Like” the Facebook Page: “Krewe of Tusk & Horn”.

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