England's Royal Family Lend Their Voices to the Effort to Save Wildlife from Extinction

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Getting to see members of the royal family actually speaking is a surprisingly rare occurrence.

Their topic of concern? The illegal wildlife trade. This has been one of William’s pet causes for some time, as he spoke out against the hunting of rhinos and elephants by organized crime gangs when interviewed by CNN last fall, and will be devoting much of his time—since leaving the military—to conservation causes. In this video, he again discusses the importance of the issue for him, especially in light of the arrival of his son: “This year I've become even more devoted to protecting the resources of the earth for not only my own son, but for other children of his generation to enjoy. I want them to be able to experience the same Africa that I did as a child.”

Charles says in the video that a rhino is killed every 11 hours, while the number of tigers remaining in the wild is down to 3,200. “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,” Charles says.

From Vanity Fair
Feb. 10, 2014
By Josh Duboff

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