Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Prince William attacks China over 'ignorant craving' for ivory

Researchers warn that ivory poachers are killing elephants faster than they are being born

Monday 08 December 2014

Prince William is to launch a fierce attack on China’s ivory industry and the “ignorant craving” for supposed cures and trinkets, saying this is fuelling the slaughter of elephants and other animals by poachers.

Speaking at the World Bank International Corruption Hunters Alliance Conference in Washington on Monday, the Duke of Cambridge will describe the illegal wildlife trade as “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today”.

And, potentially risking a diplomatic spat with Beijing, he will point out that the wholesale price of ivory in China has risen from about £3.20 a kilogram to about £1,350 a kilogram in 25 years. 

This, he will argue, has led to an increase in poaching.

According to excerpts of his speech released in advance, Prince William, who is due to go to China early next year, will say: “Some endangered species are now literally worth more than their weight in gold.

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