Hundreds attend anti-poaching march in Sandton

Africa is losing on average 30,000 elephants a year while 821 rhino were poached this year.

Hundreds of Johannesburg residents joined 133 other cities around the world in marching against the poaching of rhino and elephant on 4 October 2014 in Sandton. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of Johannesburg residents have added their voices to the global fight against rhino and elephant poaching with a march in Sandton.

The march forms part of an initiative by activists in a hundred and thirty-four cities across the world.

Today marks World Animal Day.

Toddlers, teens and the elderly are among hundreds of demonstrators from all walks of life with a clear message to poachers.

Alison Thompson from the Outrage South African Citizens Against Poaching says the rate at which both elephant and rhino are being poached is alarmingly high.

"We're losing on average about 30, 000 a year in Africa. That equates to about one every 15 minutes."

"Our rhino poaching stats for South Africa today are standing at 821 this year alone."

She adds South Africa in particular needs to toughen its stance on the scourge of poaching.