On Thursday, 22 September 2016, in London, at the Tusk’s Time for Change event in London, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William delivered a speech on tackling the illegal wildlife trade. At the event, the Duke of Cambridge’s office announced that the Prince will head to Hanoi, Vietnam, in November to attend the third International Wildlife Trade Conference – Hanoi Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. There, William, who is President of United for Wildlife, will also have the opportunity to engage with local people and leaders in conservation.
“Now is the chance to send an unambiguous message to the world that it is no longer acceptable to buy and sell ivory, rhino horn or other illegal wildlife products. Indeed, I would challenge anyone who knows the truth of how these wildlife products are obtained, to justify desiring them,” he said.
Prince William appealed to populations in Asia to stop buying wildlife parts, especially ivory and rhino horn. He said that between his own birth in 1982 and his daughter Princess Charlotte’s last year, the number of African elephants in the wild fell by two thirds. In 1982, “there were 1 million elephants roaming Africa. By the time my daughter Charlotte was born last year, the numbers of savannah elephants had crashed to just 350,000,” he said.
“And at the current pace of illegal poaching, when Charlotte turns 25, the African elephant will be gone from the wild. I am not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild. I am not prepared to explain to our children why we lost this battle when we had the tools to win it,” he continued. William’s speech was also broadcast over Facebook Live – the royal’s first live-streaming event.
Source: Information from the Daily Mail and the People Magazine.