Prince William has taken a brave stand by criticizing the illegal wildlife trade during a recent US conference on the selling of animal parts from endangered animals, ivory and rhino horns.
He stated that anyone who ignores the trade is happening or spends proceeds derived from its illegal activities needs to be held accountable for their misdeeds.
China is at the forefront of the Prince's attack, and that is not surprising when one takes into account that the price of ivory in the country has grown from £3 to over £1,000 in the last 25 years. Added to this, approximately half of the number of elephants that are killed every year are shipped to China where trading ivory is considered to be perfectly within the law.
At the conference, which took place in Washington, Prince William announced the establishment of a royal task force that is going to work within the industry of transport to closer scrutinize its roles in wildlife trafficking. There is going to be a no-tolerance approach when it comes to the trade.
The Prince has been involved in wildlife conservation for quite a few years. Earlier in 2014 he was the chairperson of a summit that took place on the subject of the illegal wildlife trade. The London Declaration was established at that meeting, which has been signed by 46 countries and supports the international ban that is already in place regarding the commercial trading of elephant ivory. It also rejects the use of any products (in governments) that are taken from endangered animals.
Regarding wildlife trafficking, Prince William said, ‘[Wildlife trafficking] is one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality.’ He added that these behaviours loot the planet to feed mankind’s ignorant craving for exotic pets, cures, ornaments and trinkets.
Very well said!
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