Prince William Pleads China To End Illegal Wildlife Poaching

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His Royal Highness, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is in China to deliver a speech on ivory trade. The Prince pleaded the immediate end to poaching of endangered animals in order to make traditional medicine. This is for the sake of the royal heirs, George and Charlotte, of course.

The Duke of Cambridge recorded his speech as he urged the Chinese government to stop the killings of elephants, and using their tusks for ivory trade. This is made in time as China’s president visits the UK for talks. This is the third time the Duke has spoken on the issue.

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Image via BBC website

President Xi Jinping has arrived in the UK for a four-day visit, as he continues friendly relations with the UK government. Prince William has been urging the Chinese government for the past year to help save endangered animals. In response to the call and to criticism, China imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory last February.

The Prince mentioned in his speech that at the current rate elephants are being killed in Africa, by the time his daughter, Charlotte, reaches 25, the elephants would already cease to exist. “My rejection of ivory today is not a judgement of past generations. It is an acceptance of the world as I find it today and the world I want my children, George and Charlotte, to inherit,” he said.

Image via Daily Mail Online

Image via Daily Mail Online

Prince William also met with retired NBA basketball player Yao Ming at the King’s College London prior to his speech. Yao is also a staunch supporter of the Duke’s cause on illegal wildlife trade and ivory poaching. The Prince, in his speech, spoke directly to Chinese families, pleading them to stop the demand for ‘art, trinkets and for medicine’.

China’s President Xi is staying at the Buckingham Palace during his four-day visit and is the guest of honor at a special state banquet to be held for his visit.

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