IVORY-FREE CANADA: Toronto Outreach


Peaceful Demo to End the Domestic Trade of Elephant Ivory in Canada

Rather than hosting a march this year, we will be educating about the domestic trade in Canada at Dundas Square.

***CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!*** See below.

Do you know it is still legal to buy and sell ivory in Canada?

Ivory is being sold in Canada in antique shops, through auction houses and on sites like Kijiji and Craigslist.

We believe that the war on poaching cannot be won until all countries close their domestic markets because the domestic trade leaves a door open for illegal trade.

Countries that have implemented or scheduled an ivory ban include several US states, China, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Now it’s time for Canada to stand up for elephants.

We have joined forces with Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy group in Vancouver to launch the #ivoryfreecanada campaign.

We need volunteers to hold signs and screens and to encourage people to write their Members of Parliament to ask them to ban the domestic trade in elephant ivory.

We made it easy. If you haven’t done it, please take 30 seconds to send a pre-written email to your MP by clicking below. Add your name and address at the end of the letter and click on "Add your voice". https://elephanatics.org/2019/02/04/ivory-free-canada/



TIME: 10 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON, L4V 1E8

DETAILS: Despite having rules and regulations in place, Canada allows imports from trophy hunting. We oppose the cruel and senseless sport of trophy hunting and importing the animal parts. The Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is allowing trophy hunting vendors that kill endangered species to exhibit and sell their hunting safaris. We find this UNACCEPTABLE.

Please join us for a peaceful demonstration to protest these vendors.

Although we oppose all trophy hunting, this protest is focused on protesting trophy hunting of ENDANGERED SPECIES. When speaking with the public, we must emphasize our protest position.

We will provide some signage, however we encourage everyone to bring their own creative posters.

See you there!

#SayNoToIvory #NoIvoryToronto #BanTrophyHunting

LINK TO FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/300880510780182/

Film Screening: Love & Bananas

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DATE: Thursday, October 4, 2018

TIME: 7 PM - 10 PM

LOCATION: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5

DETAILS: Come and celebrate World Animal Day with us!

Join us for the Toronto premiere of "Love & Bananas," a documentary about a 70-year-old Asian elephant called Noi Na being rescued from giving rides to tourists in Thailand.

Also featured in the film is Sangdeaun Lek Chailert, Founder of Save Elephant Foundation. She is an endlessly empathetic Thai woman who has devoted her life to saving Asian elephants. At one time, Lek was declared an enemy of the state and was estranged from her family. Later the government recognized Lek a the “Hero of Asia” as her work became internationally celebrated. In the film, she says, "You don't need a bull hook to control an elephant. You can guide an elephant with love... And bananas."

Depicting the endless cruelties perpetrated on these magnificent animals while delivering a moving feel-good story in the process, Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story is guaranteed to not leave a dry eye in the house. #Loveandbananas


TICKETS: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/love-bananas-an-elephant-story-tickets-49502281657




DATE: Saturday, August 11, 2018

TIME: 4 PM - 7 PM

LOCATION: Dumbo Snack Bar 1704 Queen Street W (by Roncesvalles)

Andrea Gatti is a curious traveller, open to experiencing different cultures and passionate about the environment. He works as a web developer and in social media marketing. And now he will be biking from Toronto to San Diego, across most of the USA! to raise awareness about the plight of elephants and rhinos, amazing animals facing extinction. Join us for a fundraiser and meet the man himself, learn about his life and trip. Buy a drink and snack and contribute to the cause! The cause: raising money for the "thin green line" , the Elephant Aware rangers of the  Maasai Mara. Elephant Aware is a community-based project founded in 2009 to protect elephants and endangered wildlife in Masai community lands. Your donation counts!

The Elephant Aware donation page is not working at the moment, so please donate through GoFundMe. Every dollar counts to help the rangers on the frontlines of the war against extinction.



The route:


More about Andrea: After deciding to quit his job and secure lifestyle in Italy, Andrea went to Kenya and Malawi to volunteer for a few years. During the time spent in Africa he helped the local communities building schools, repairing computers and restoring Wi-Fi in several areas. He appreciated offering his contribution and being supportive of children’s education.

 Having lived in a countryside area in Italy and then in rural villages in Africa, Andrea knows the importance of a healthy planet, where environment and animals are safeguarded by communities His love for nature and elephants led him to conceive the idea of an adventure by bike across the States in order to raise awareness and money for the cause of these animals which are facing the risk of extinction.

It's all part of World Elephant Day weekend in Toronto!


DATE: Sunday, August 12, 2018

TIME: 9:00 AM - until the ice melts...

LOCATION: Distillery District, Toronto


Giant Melting Ice Elephant Unveiled!

On World Elephant Day, a life-sized ice sculpture of an African elephant will be placed in the summer heat of Toronto to illustrate the rapid loss of the African elephant population. 


The Amarula Elephant will be on display at the Distillery District starting at 9:00 a.m. and will remain on-site until it has completely melted. 

The life-like sculpture will consist of roughly 103 blocks of ice, weighing an estimated 9,344 kilograms. 

Over the course of the day, this massive ice sculpture will gradually melt, symbolizing the alarming rate at which African elephants are being killed for their ivory.

#WorldElephantDay #DontLetThemDisappear #ExtinctionIsNotAnOption

TAKE A PICTURE, NOT A TROPHY: Protest Against Toronto Sportsmen's Show

DATE: Saturday, March 17, 2018

TIME: 9:45 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga


Trump Administration Update:
Unfortunately it comes as no surprise that the Trump administration quietly decided yet again to allow Americans to import the African elephant body parts who are shot for the trophy hunting sport. On March 1st, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued a letter that announced the importation of elephant parts will now be approved on a "case-by-case basis." Along with Trump's sons, Zinke is an avid hunter himself. Last year, he even had an arcade game called "Big Buck Hunter Pro" installed in the employee cafeteria at the agency's Washington headquarters. He said it was to promote wildlife and habitat conservation.(!!) 

We need to continue to exert pressure on the US government, AND also on our own government officials. Canada actually voted against moving all elephants to Appendix I to provide them the highest level of protection at the 2016 CITES meeting that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. We MUST speak up for these intelligent, sentient beings. 

Elephants and rhinos need us now more than ever. We cannot allow trophy hunting of endangered species to continue. 

So please join us for a peaceful demonstration to protest the decision of the International Centre and the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show to allow trophy hunting companies that kill endangered species to exhibit and sell their hunting safaris at the show.

PLEASE NOTE: Although we oppose all trophy hunting, this protest is focused on protesting trophy hunting of ENDANGERED SPECIES. This is an important distinction to note as not all hunters agree with killing endangered species.When speaking with the public, we must emphasize our protest position.

We will provide some signage, however we encourage everyone to bring their own creative posters.

If you are driving, we suggest arriving earlier than the scheduled protest time to ensure a parking space.

See you there!  

#SayNoToIvory #NoIvoryToronto #BanTrophyHunting

JOIN HERE ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124666697636301/


Cube of Truth: GMFER Toronto Says NO To Trophy Hunting

Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2018

TIME: 6:00pm

LOCATION: 1 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3

(Yonge and Dundas Square, in front of the store H&M, Downtown Toronto)

DETAILS: Trophy hunting of endangered species became a hot topic when Trump announced he was considering reversing a ban on importing elephant parts from Zimbabwe and Zambia. After MUCH outrage, Trump tweeted that he had put the decision on hold.

*Did you know that Canada never had this ban in the first place? Canada can import elephant parts (and other endangered species’ parts) provided it meets CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) controls and guidelines. 
*We believe it is time for Canada to step up its game! There are false facts claiming revenue from trophy hunting helps wildlife conservation and local communities. 

Canada’s imports of endangered species parts are truly SHOCKING. Here are some stats:

We are partnering with Cube of Truth at this special event to expose the monstrosity of killing the world’s endangered species and how Canada contributes to it. We will provide handouts for passersby with information to learn about trophy hunting in Canada. Volunteers can join the Cube of Truth or help us to hand out flyers.

The Cube of Truth is an event hosted by Anonymous for the Voiceless, a global organization specializing in street activism and public outreach using undercover footage of what animals experience every second of every day.

There are two major roles at the Cube of Truth event. First are Cubers, who stand silently in a square formation holding signs or TVs, wearing Guy Fawkes masks. Second are outreachers who interact with the public and do not wear a mask. Masks, signs and TVs are provided for the duration of the event, so all you need is to just come. 

They hold up laptops which continuously screen images of animal cruelty. The goal is to make passersby feel a sense of urgent curiosity to stop, look, think, and question. The masks help viewers to feel that they can approach the screens without feeling they are being stared at by the people holding the laptops. 

There will be interaction with the public when they approach with questions, but it is important to note that this is NOT a typical protest where we all gather and chant together. However, we are organizing a protest event that will take place on March 17!

On March 17th, JOIN US to protest outside the Toronto Sportsmen Show that welcomes vendors that promote the killing of endangered species. See more info and join here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1124666697636301/

If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please leave us a comment or email us at: noivorytoronto@gmail.com


DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2017

TIME: 2 PM - 4 PM

LOCATION: Trinity Square


DETAILS: Toronto will host a March Against Extinction, and will walk in solidarity with 145 cities around the world!

The route will take us from the Bell Trinity Square to Queen Street, West on Queen Street to Spadina, North on Spadina to Dundas, East on Dundas to Bay Street, and back to the square.

Join us in this peaceful march for elephants, rhinos and lions. Time is running out. Say No to Extinction!

JOIN HERE: http://bit.ly/2tX1zlf




DATE: Friday, September 22, 2017

TIME: 11 AM - 2 PM

LOCATION: South African Consulate: 110 Sheppard Ave E Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6Y8


DETAILS: It's World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22nd! 

Don't know much about rhinos? 🦏 Rhinos are an endangered species and on the extinction list. At current poaching rates, they could be gone on as little as THREE years! They are being killed for their horns which are largely crushed and sold as bogus medicine, mostly in Vietnam. Rhino horns are made of keratin - the same as your fingernails. The Government of South Africa recently legalized the domestic sale of rhino horns. Come and join us in front of the Consulate General of South Africa. We will present a Memorandum of Demand to the South African Consulate asking his government to reinstate the ban on domestic trade in rhino horn in South Africa. We will be at the corner of Kenneth Ave. and Sheppard Ave. East.

JOIN HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1971875153098425/permalink/1980012262284714/


DATE: September 8-10, 2017

LOCATION: Harbourfront Centre

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DETAILS: Come and visit, find out the details of the 5th annual Toronto Global March for Elephants & Rhinos, sign a petition, buy a t-shirt or just pop by to say hello!

JOIN HERE: https://goo.gl/ck7bB7

Full Veg Food Fest details with opening/closing times for each day can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/VegFoodFest/

                                                                                                                                 Veg Food Fest website: http://vegfoodfest.com/


DATE: Saturday, August 12, 2017

TIME: 11 AM - 3 PM

LOCATION: Trinity Square, Toronto


#WorldElephantDay is an annual international campaign. It was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.


JOIN HERE: http://bit.ly/2uWoPUw

If you're unable to come to this specific event, you can still participate:

  • Just #WEARGRAY & start a conversation with the next person you meet.

  • Tweet #WorldElephantDay to spread the word about the plight of elephants and visit our Press Room for Facebook cover photos, sample blog posts, tweets, and more!

  • Help elephants #BeHerd and join the STAMPede 96 Elephants.

  • ...and just a reminder #IvoryBelongsToElephants