Prince Charles, William urge end to illegal wildlife trade

2014-02-09 18:18

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London - Britain's Prince Charles and Prince William made a father-and-son appeal on Sunday for an end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London.

Charles, the heir to Queen Elizabeth II, and his eldest child William released a video message warning of the "grave threat" to some of the world's most treasured species.

The royals are attending a series of conservation events this week, including a London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the British government on Thursday.

"We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade," the 65-year-old Charles says in the recording, in which he and William sit alongside each other, both wearing suits.

William, 31, says in the nine-minute video: "Despite the terrible crisis that we now face, we both continue to be optimistic that the tide can be reversed."

Charles says the trade "now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world's most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world."

William adds: "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 be too late."


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