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Demonstrators protest poaching of elephants, rhinos

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Augusta was one of 136 cities across the world Saturday to play host to a march to save rhinos and elephants from extinction.

"We have to share awareness where we live, and we live in Augusta, so that was important to me," said organizer Diana Morris.

Morris organized the demonstration, and was one of dozens of activists to fill the Augusta Common and surrounding streets to get out their message.

"We want to send a message to the world that they need to stop poaching the rhinos and elephants because we'll poach them to extinction, and then we won't see them anymore," said Paul Swart.

The activists said the animals are illegally hunted in Africa for their tusks and horns.

Swart is from Africa and said he has first hand experience with this epidemic.

"Especially in the last eight to 10 years, a big rise in the demand for ivory and rhino horn," said Swart.

But even longtime locals said this is a major problem that can only be fixed with activism like this.

"I love all animals, and I want to learn more about it, you know what the problems are, and how to bring the government in on it to stop the ivory from coming into the country and being sold," said Elaine van der Linden.

This was the second protest in Augusta, and they said they won't stop demonstrating until the threat of extinction is over.

For more information about the threat to elephants, go here.

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