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Prince calls for ivory ban amid fears for future of elephants

By Staff Reporter

Published 18/11/2016

The Duke of Cambridge at the third International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade
The Duke of Cambridge at the third International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

The Duke of Cambridge has urged the Government to go ahead with a total ban on the domestic ivory trade to stop fuelling the extinction of elephants.

William, speaking at an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade, said endangered animals were still being slaughtered in "horrifying numbers" and called for an acceleration in efforts to tackle the crisis.

He told the summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, that a "betting man would still bet on extinction" of elephants. He also called upon nations all over the world to impose a ban on the "abhorrent" trade of ivory within their borders as one of the measures to ward off the decline.

The Duke said: "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."

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