Prince Charles warns of poaching crisis
Photo: The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.
Britain's Prince Charles, left, with his sons Prince William, right, and Prince Harry, behind him, walks to Lancaster House to attend the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the illegal wildlife trade has become a global criminal industry that ranks with drugs and arms and people trafficking.
Hague, speaking Thursday at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, said tens of thousands of elephants were killed last year along with more than 1,000 rhinos taken by an illegal trade that also threatens tigers and many other species.
Prince Charles, joined by his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, made similar warnings at the opening of the one-day conference, hosted by the British government.
Prince William, soccer star David Beckham and basketball stalwart Yao Ming also released a video message supporting anti-poaching efforts.
Comments are pre-moderated to ensure they meet our guidelines. Approval times will vary. Keep it civil, and stay on topic. If you see an inappropriate comment, please use the ‘flag’ feature. Comments are the opinions of the comment writer, not of Castanet. Comments remain open for one day after a story is published and are closed on weekends. Visit Castanet’s Forums to start or join a discussion about this story.