On his first official visit to Washington, D.C., the Duke of Cambridge gave a speech to the World Bank, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding African wildlife. His passion for fighting wildlife crime was clear:
“The extinction of any of the world’s species of animals is a loss to all humanity.But furthermore, wildlife crime goes to the heart of our security.It recognizes neither national borders nor national interests,” he said. It distorts economic development, undermines the rule of law and fuels sources of conflict. Unchecked, it can be a factor in the spread of infectious diseases, with a devastating toll.”
He also referred to the illegal wildlife trade as, “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today.”
VETPAW couldn’t agree more!