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Issue:- 19 September 2014

...continued...   Since then Hazel has conducted a peaceful protest at the Chinese Embassy; as China is the main market for illicit ivory; and written to bishops and museums to ask them what they intend to do with their ivory stocks and ask them to help raise awareness of the cruelty behind the trinkets.

Then earlier this year this 1 woman whirlwind of activity took it upon herself to organise a March for Elephants and Rhinos in Liverpool and in doing so has gained support from all over the world, with a poster for the Liverpool march designed and sent to Hazel by a supporter from South Africa.

Despite having no experience of organising such a large scale event, in the last few months Hazel has managed a social media campaign, dealt with the Council and police to agree a route, raised public liability insurance, and galvanised support from everyone from students at LJMU and Liverpool University to Chester Zoo and Knowsley Safari Park. She has written to celebrities and organised a bag pack in Sainsburys, leaving no stone unturned in her crusade to save a species.

So far over 200 people have pledged to join the march; but with posters springing up all over the City centre and a growing band of advocates, Hazel hopes there will be many more on the day.

Hazel said that:- "I have never done anything like this before and it has been a huge challenge, but there is a lot of support out there. Going to Thailand was wonderful, but there is a lot to be done here on our doorstep.  All of us in Action4Elephants are just everyday people. We are not professional activists, just a group of people who are in this together. From never doing anything like this I am now a dab hand at risk assessments and land use agreements, and I will talk to anyone. I've even taken my grandchildren to meetings with the Council and the Thai consulate just to get things done. I would love everyone in Liverpool and across the North West to join our march on 4 October. We start at the bombed out church and will have speakers and face painting and children's crafts; it is a day for everyone. The route finishes at the Queen Victoria monument in Derby Square. It's a large area, but I am hoping to fill it. I am just an ordinary person, but I am not prepared to stand back and let elephants and rhinos die out. If we don't act now to stop the slaughter they will be gone in 15 years, and I refuse to be part of a world that just stands by to watch these magnificent creatures disappear."

On 4 October 2014 Liverpool will participate in The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos to draw attention to the crisis facing these 2 species and to call for an end to the ivory and rhino horn trade that is pushing them rapidly towards extinction.

Will you join Liverpool's March? There has never been a more critical time for these two endangered species, as an unprecedented poaching frenzy now puts their very existence in to question.

Liverpool poster for Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is the united voice of outrage, compassion and concern that is responding to this horror and calling for an end to the slaughter of these gentle and highly intelligent beings.

We hope that You will join us on The Global March for Elephant and Rhinos in Liverpool on 4 October 2014, at 2pm, (craft and face painting available from 1 pm), from St Luke's Gardens, Leece Street, Liverpool.

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