2016 SF March for Elephants and Rhinos Info

On September 24th, 2016 at 10:00 am at Union Square in San Francisco, we will march with people throughout the world to raise awareness about the plight of the elephants and the rhinos. Unless action is taken now, we will lose these beautiful creatures FOREVER.

The march begins and ends at Union Square, where a free rally will take place. Download our March Day FAQ for more information.

Speakers at the 2016 SF March

Leslie Griffith (Keynote Speaker)

Leslie Griffith is a journalist whose career in newspaper, radio and television has spanned three decades. She has earned 9 Emmys and 37 Emmy nominations, and the Prestigious Casey Medal for helping to stop exploitation of America’s children.

She has earned seven Radio and Television News Directors Association awards, two Edward R Murrow awards, the 2006 People’s Choice Award for Best Female Anchor in Oakland Magazine and the 2005 Associated Press Anchor of the Year. Leslie also received commendation from The Associated Press for being the first to confirm on September 11, 2001, that the passengers on Flight 93 fought back.

The Humane Society of the United States awarded Leslie with the National Genesis Award in 2005, for exposing abuse at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She left television reporting shortly thereafter.

Leslie is the director, executive producer and writer of the brilliant, informative and powerful documentary, “When Giants Fall” due for release in 2016.

Leslie is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post , Truthout.org. Reader Supported News and SF Gate.

Pat Cuviello

Pat Cuviello has dedicated his life to working for animal rights. Elephants have played a big role in his activism over the past 30 years. He has for 28 years organized Bay Area protests to educate patrons about the inherent cruelty of using animals in circuses. During most of that time Pat has documented the abuse and devastating effect that captivity has on elephants and other animals exploited by circuses. HIs circus video was used in the Endangered Species lawsuit against Ringling Bros. Circus for the abuse of elephants.

In 2005, Pat played a critical role in working with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to close the elephant exhibits at the San Francisco Zoo, after two elephants Maybelle and Calle prematurely died from captivity-induced health ailments, and send the two surviving elephants to the PAWS sanctuary.

Before that, in 2003, he worked to stop Have Trunk Will Travel from giving elephant rides in Half Moon Bay. Additionally, Pat has successfully filed numerous lawsuits to protect his free speech right to protest Ringling Bros Circus and to video document their treatment of animals.

Last year Pat and his wife Deniz successfully spearheaded the effort to ban the bullhook in Oakland, CA. The Oakland and Los Angeles bullhook bans were cited by Ringling Bros. Circus as a major reason they would no longer force elephants to perform in their circus by 2018.

Wayne Hsiung

Wayne Hsiung is co-founder of the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) and lead investigator in the DxE Open Rescue Network. His work as an investigator has been reported on in The New York Times and Mother Jones, and he organizes grassroots campaigns that have mobilized activists in over 130 cities and 27 countries. Prior to DxE, Wayne studied behavioral economics as a NSF Graduate Fellow at MIT, taught at Northwestern School of Law (where he co-authored research with Harvard’s Cass Sunstein on climate change’s impact on animals), and practiced securities law at two national law firms while maintaining a pro bono animal practice. Despite holding two graduate degrees, he is regularly outwitted by his four furry companions.

Catherine Doyle, M.S.
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)| Director of Science, Research and Advocacy

Catherine Doyle, M.S., is the director of science, research and advocacy for the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), established in 1984 to care for rescued or retired exotic and wild animals. PAWS operates three California sanctuaries, including the 2300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat refuge that is home to elephants, bears and big cats. Catherine designs and carries out scientific research, including a long-term behavioral study of the sanctuary’s five African elephants and studies of human-elephant relationships. She also works on policy to protect captive wildlife and was instrumental in the passage of bullhook bans in California, Rhode Island, Los Angeles, and Oakland. Catherine organizes the biennial PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference, which will take place November 10-11, 2016, in San Andreas, Calif. She has studied elephants in Africa and India. For information on PAWS, visit www.pawsweb.org.

Patrick Freeman

Patrick Freeman is a conservationist, an ecologist, photographer, and science storyteller with a lifelong devotion to elephants. He’s participated in a number of field studies in Namibia, South Africa, and Kenya where’s he’s gotten acquainted with elephant science and the conservation challenges that face this species ranging from poaching to habitat loss. He’ll be discussing the elephant conservation “long game” and a vision for the future.

Scott Wiener

Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 8, which includes the Castro, Noe Valley, Glen Park, Diamond Heights, Twin Peaks, and parts of the Mission. He is a nineteen-year resident of the Castro.

Wiener serves on the Board’s Land Use and Transportation Committee and Budget and Finance Committee. He is a leader on both local and regional transportation and housing policy, serving as Chairman of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and representing San Francisco on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

In January of 2015, Supervisor Wiener authored a resolution (which passed unanimously) putting the City and County of San Francisco on record in full support of Assembly Bill 96, and strongly condemning the illegal poaching of elephants and rhinoceroses. Wiener also co-authored legislation banning the use of large animals in entertainment, such as the circus, in San Francisco.


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