The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, recently filmed a video broadcast calling for an end of exotic animal poaching, and a day later was seen with gun in hand, actively participating in a dear, and wild boar hunt in Spain. In the message broadcast on Sunday, Prince William and his father Prince Charles asked the public to help save endangered animals such as rhinos, elephants and tigers.
The broadcast starts the message with a warning that the trade has reached “unprecedented levels of killing and related violence” and that it poses a “”grave threat” both to endangered animals and to economic and political stability around the world.”
He says: “More than 30,000 elephants were killed last year, amounting to nearly 100 deaths per day. In the past 10 years, 62% of African forest elephants have been lost. If this rate continues, the forest elephant will be extinct within 10 years. A rhinoceros is killed every 11 hours. As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, there are believed to be fewer than 3,200 left in the wild.”
Prince Charles is the president of the UK’s World Wildlife Fund, a charity that many animal advocates do not support.
“The World Wildlife Fund has long been a haven for big game hunters, hunters, trappers, fur farmers, commercial fishing corporations, and other enemies of animals,” says the animal advocacy organization Sea Shepherd. The World Wildlife Fund does not claim to be an animal welfare organization. WWF only “support[s] the hunting and consumption of wild animals provided the harvesting does not threaten the long-term survival of wildlife populations.”
The duke, who is also a royal patron of the wildlife conservation charity Tusk, says he wants future generations, including his son George, to be able to appreciate protected wildlife. “This year, I have become even more devoted to protecting the resources of the Earth for not only my own son but also the other children of his generation to enjoy,” he says.
In a speech by the Duke of Cambridge, at the “End Wildlife Crime Conference,” at St. James’s Palace, His Royal Highness Prince William begins by saying that “My plea to you today comes not from a place of expertise, but a place of deep respect for the world that we have inherited…..We all know how devastating the illegal wildlife trade is on populations of engendered species – we have all heard the statistics. My fear is that one of two things will stop the illegal trade: either we take action to stern the trade; or we will run out of the animals. There is no other outcome possible.”
“Seeing a badly injured animal, such as a rhino missing its horn, has come to me to symbolize human greed,” Prince William explained in an interview with CNN last year. Ironically, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Calgary Stampede, in Canada, which is known for its barbaric treatment towards animals. Although, they both claim to love animals, and Prince Charles denounces “human greed,” they have promoted the exploitation of these creatures by attending an event where many animals have been killed for the entertainment and profit of humans.
Speaking about Prince William going hunting in Spain, BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: “Such a trip is a world away from shooting endangered species for profit, but some may feel that to go hunting himself just as he launches a high-profile campaign is, at the very least, ill-timed.”
Morrissey, British singer, and former frontman for the band The Smiths, is appalled by the Royal family’s decimation of wildlife through legal hunts, and considers them an embarrassment to the U.K. The singer, who is a vocal advocate for animal rights, writes in a statement:
“One day prior to giving a public plea on behalf of animal welfare (!), Prince William is to be found in Spain (with Prince Harry) shooting and killing as many deer and boar as they possibly can! Although William’s speech… will concentrate on endangered species, William is too thickwit to realize that animals such as tigers and rhino are only driven to near extinction because people who are precisely like himself and his brother have shot them off the map – all in the name of sport and slaughter…Just why William kills innocent and defenseless deer does not matter – the fact is, he does it, and we must go on and on asking why any form of violence is acceptable to the British establishment… the British (Royal) Family never fails to be a colossal embarrassment to the United Kingdom…The rationalists amongst us – who are never allowed to speak, are intelligent enough to realize that endangered species are dying out only because of people like William and Harry, and, for this we can only pray to God that their hunting guns backfire in their faces.”
Joe Duckworth, of British organization the League Against Cruel Sports, tells the U.K.’s Sunday People newspaper, “These actions show an absolute disregard for animals and wildlife. It makes no sense to be out shooting wild boar one week and hosting a conference on wildlife crime the next. We would question whether anyone can be expected to take him seriously when up on stage talking about how to protect animals.”
A royal spokesman said: “The Duke of Cambridge has for many years been a passionate advocate for endangered wildlife and has campaigned tirelessly to help stop the illegal poaching of rhino horn and elephant tusk. His track record in this area speaks for itself.” Apparently, Prince Williams compassion for animals is very selective. It appears, that only animals from Africa that are on the endangered species list are of concern to the duke. As for the rest of the animal kingdom, they can be exploited and killed for sport, hunting, and entertainment purposes.
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