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Prince William has kicked off his three-day visit to New York City by addressing wildlife trafficking to the World Bank.Prince William has kicked off his three-day visit to New York City by addressing wildlife trafficking to the World Bank.

Prince William to Discuss Wildlife Trafficking During NYC Trip

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Prince William has kicked off his three-day visit to New York City by addressing wildlife trafficking to the World Bank.

The Duke of Cambridge, who, touched down in Manhattan on Sunday along with his wife, Kate Middleton, was expected to deliver a speech at a conference on Monday held by the World Bank Group’s International Corruption Hunters Alliance on the industry that he calls, “one of the most insidious forms of corruption and criminality in the world today.”

Parts of his speech were released earlier and reveal that the Duke intends to target China, a country with the highest demand for illegal wildlife products, like ivory.

“Some endangered species are now literally worth more than their weight in gold,” the speech reads. “Traffickers are taking advantage of globalization, hiding within the huge flows of goods across borders and exploiting technology — from helicopters and precision weapons to the borderless market of the internet.”

Prior to his speech, the BBC reports that the prince sat down with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. According to the outlet, President Obama said the prince’s work to protect endangered wildlife is “very important”.

Prince William has been speaking out against illegal wildlife trafficking for several years, having founded United for Wildlife, an organization that helps to put an end to illegal poaching and wildlife trade. Just last month, the organization joined with the popular app, Angry Birds, to launch a tournament to raise awareness about the cause.

The charity reports 96 elephants are killed per day for their tusks and hide, while just over 3,000 tigers remain in the wild.

Wildlife trafficking is a crucial global issue and we agree with President Obama: the prince’s work to protect our endangered species is very important.

Via The Dodo

Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

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