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Charles And Wills In Plea To 'Save Wildlife'
Prince Charles and Prince William have created a joint video message urging people to support organisations battling to end to the illegal wildlife trade.
The father-and-son appeal comes at the start of a week of wildlife conservation activities by the royal pair, which will culminate in them attending an international conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
In the video recorded at Clarence House, the pair speak in a range of languages, including Mandarin, Arabic, Swahili and Vietnamese, to get their message across to the world.
It starts with the Duke of Cambridge saying: "We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade - a trade that has reached such unprecedented levels of killing and related violence that it 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."
He adds: "This year, I have become even more devoted to protecting the resources of the Earth for not only my own son but also the other children of his generation to enjoy.
"I want them to be able to experience the same Africa that I did as a child."
His father highlights how "organised bands of criminals" are feeding an insatiable demand for animal products much of it destined for consumers in Asia.
The Prince of Wales says: "More than 30,000 elephants were killed last year amounting to nearly 100 deaths per day.
"In the past 10 years, 62% of African forest elephants have been lost. If this rate continues, the forest elephant will be extinct within 10 years. A rhinoceros is killed every 11 hours.
"As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, there are believed to be fewer than 3,200 left in the wild."
The video ends with Charles saying: "Let's unite for wildlife".
The launch comes as the Duke is reportedly in Spain this weekend with his brother Prince Harry.
According to The Sun, the pair are set to hunt wild boar and stags on a private estate, but there is no suggestion that the hunt breaks the law in any way.
A royal spokesman said: "The Duke of Cambridge has for many years been a passionate advocate for endangered wildlife and has campaigned tirelessly to help stop the illegal poaching of rhino horn and elephant tusk.
"His track record in this area speaks for itself."
World leaders will this week discuss the threat to endangered species and attempt to agree a more co-ordinated global response to the issue.
Charles will give a speech at the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade being hosted by the Government at Lancaster House on Thursday. William will also attend.
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