“We Aren’t Moving Fast Enough”: Prince William’s Plea At IWT Conference in Vietnam

  November 17, 2016 at 7:22 am by

The Duke of Cambridge has made a plea for faster and greater action to help combat the illegal poaching and wildlife trade during the third Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam today.

In his speech at the opening of the conference, Prince William said that despite the increased collaborative efforts of the past two years since the first IWT in London, “rhinos, elephants, pangolin, lions – they are all still being killed in horrifying numbers” due to the fact that poachers and the ‘organised crime syndicates’ are “getting much cleverer” in their methods.

William however did praise the efforts of those committed to protecting the animals in Africa and Asia that are getting closer to extinction – as well as the host country, Vietnam, themselves for their efforts in cracking down on ivory importation. He also said he was confident that ‘we can win this battle. And in doing so we can take a small, but very important step in reminding ourselves that we are capable of rising to the challenges of our age – a message that our young people need to hear loud and clear.”

Yesterday, the Prince met with Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, before touring Hanoi’s Old Quarter and visiting a school to speak with pupils about wildlife conservation.

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