Prince William wants to know how Vietnam will ‘tackle’ the illegal wildlife trade
Prince William is eager to know how Vietnam will “tackle the challenges” of the illegal wildlife trade.
The 34-year-old royal is currently on a two-day official visit to Vietnam to highlight the effects of illegal trade, which saw him visit a traditional medicine store in Hanoi known for its traditional pharmaceutical methods, which William was “looking forward” to because he was eager to speak to the pharmacist about their use of rhino horns in their medicine
According to US Weekly, a spokesperson from Kensington Palace said: “[William] said he was looking forward to hearing what Vietnam was doing to tackle the challenges presented by the illegal wildlife trade.”
William – who has three-year-old son Prince George and 18-month-old daughter Princess Charlotte with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who is also known as Kate Middleton – believes Vietnam could easily be “leaders in wildlife conservation” and guide the way for other countries to follow in a bid to protect endangered animals, which he fears will be extinct in 25 years.
The spokesman added: “He [William] knows the people of Vietnam will share his concern that we have less than 25 years to save some of our most iconic species from extinction. He believes Vietnam has a real opportunity to be leaders in wildlife conservation.”
And prior to Williams visit ahead of the Third Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, which was held on Thursday (17.11.16), authorities in the area of south-east Asia seized two tonnes of elephant ivory and rhino horns and burned them to stop consumers from using the products.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge has urged people to enforce a ban on ivory immediately.
Speaking previously, he said: “China has already signalled a total ban, the USA has instituted one, and other nations, including the United Kingdom, are considering it.
“Ivory is not something to be desired and when removed from an elephant it is not beautiful.
“So, the question is: why are we still trading it? We need governments to send a clear signal that trading in ivory is abhorrent.”