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Princes Charles and William tackle wildlife crime

Report by Charlotte Cross, Video by Charlotte Cross

Two future kings of England have joined forces to make a powerful call for action to tackle the growing illegal wildlife trade.

The video message, posted on the Royals’ YouTube channel, marks the beginning of a week of campaigning by Princes Charles and William designed to highlight the damage done by the gangs of organised wildlife hunters – not just environmental, but economical too.

Prince Charles reveals levels of killing are at “unprecedented” levels, with 30,000 elephants slaughtered in the past year for their ivory.

Poaching has sent the number of wild tigers tumbling over the past century, he adds, with fewer than 3,200 now remaining.

In the video, he states: “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.”

The Duke of Cambridge 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.

“Together, we can stop the illegal wildlife trade."

The video ends with them both saying “Let’s unite for wildlife in Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish and Mandarin, to ensure the message is understood by as wide an audience as possible.

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