Media Courtesy of E! Online UK
Just three days after France destroyed over 20.000 pieces of animal ornaments, including 7000 elephant tusks, the British royal family decided
to increase their efforts to support the "battle" against poaching.
In a 6-minute video, Prince Charles and his son Prince William talk about the terrible things that happen for the sake of those animal trophies. This includes the loss of not only animal life, but also of human life as park rangers are forced to fight an impossible battle to protect the animals they hold dear. Prince Charles also warned that it has led to much political instability, and the entire network of illegal trade is not only a danger to the animals, but also to the humans who live with them.
"We must treat the illegal wildlife trade as a battle, because it is precisely that," Prince Charles explained in the video. "The rising and apparently insatiable demand, much of it from Asia, has provided an economic incentive for trafficking to become increasingly criminalised and professional. Organised bands of criminals are stealing and slaughtering elephants, rhinoceros and tigers as well as large numbers of other species in a way that has never been seen before, pushing many species to the brink of extinction. Unarmed park rangers are no match for these organised gangs."
Poignantly, Prince Charles added, "Our profound belief is that humanity is less than humanity without the rest of creation. The destruction of these endangered species will diminish us all."
But, even though animal trafficking is a very sobering subject, there was also time for positivity:
"Despite the terrible crisis that we now face," Prince William explained, "we both continue to be optimistic that the tide can be reversed. We have to be the generation that stopped the illegal wildlife trade, and secured the future of these magnificent animals, and their habitats, for if we fail, it will all be too late."
At the end of the video, they concluded with the sentence "let's unite for wildlife," which they then attempted to repeat in some of the languages of the countries that are most affected, including Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish, and Mandarin.
But the video was only the first step the two heirs to the British throne took for their fight against wildlife poaching. On Wednesday, Prince William will attend a symposium at the Zoological Society London, and later that day he will also pay a visit to the Natural History Museum, where the UK government is hosting a reception on illegal wildlife trade.
The day after that, they will attend an international conference where leaders from across the globe will gather to try and come up with solutions to protect these endangered species and to put a stop to illegal poaching and the market that surrounds it.
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