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Prince William calls for end to illegal wildlife trafficking

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:31

Britain's Prince William urges representatives from 54 countries attending a wildlife conference in Hanoi to step up the fight against illegal trade, saying that trafficking is a ''global challenge''. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Prince William is calling on countries around the world to fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. He, along with representatives from over 50 countries, are at the third Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, being in held in Vietnam's capital. (SOUNDBITE) (English) THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE, PRINCE WILLIAM, SAYING: "I firmly believe that halting the extinction crisis and ending the illegal wildlife trade presents a real chance to demonstrate our collective confidence that we have the power to rise to the big problems of our time. If we cannot tackle this, it is hard to see how we will be effective in overcoming the other global challenges that face us." Vietnam is a transit point for elephant ivory destined to be made into jewellery and home decorations in China and the U.S.. It is also a major consumer of rhino horn, which is believed to have medical powers - even though using and trading it is actually a criminal offence. It is not just Vietnam though. Conservationists say Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand need to step up their efforts to tackle wildlife crime too. For one, markets selling the products need to be closed. Still, there is a long way to go, they say, particularly when it comes to changing the mindset of consumers.

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Prince William calls for end to illegal wildlife trafficking

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 01:31