On Friday Malawi was one of the first countries to take to the streets and march for elephants and rhinos, and it was fantastic to be a part of it! A petition with around 4000 signatures was presented to the Government to ask them to:
- Ban all international and domestic ivory trade
- Destroy ivory stockpiles
- Invest in anti-poaching and border force training
- Strengthen and implement strict penalties on all persons involved in the illegal wildlife trade
And it looks like we made an impact as the Minister pledged to review the Wildlife Act, introduce stiffer penalties and burn the ivory. Hoorah!
The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos involved at least 136 countries and a majority marched on Saturday, World Animal Day.