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Prince William: Ivory Poaching Must Stop to Save African Elephants

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gives the keynote address at conservation charity Tusk's Time For Change event at the The Shard in London on Sept. 22, 2016. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 04:30 PM

Prince William wants to do his part in making sure ivory sales are banned everywhere so that elephants and rhinos don’t become extinct in the near future.

The Duke of Cambridge spoke Thursday ahead of an international wildlife protection meeting at a fundraiser for Tusk, a charity dedicated to preserving the species, and said he fears the African elephant may have disappeared by the time Princess Charlotte turns 25 if current poaching practices continue.

He stated he is "not prepared to be part of a generation that lets these iconic species disappear from the wild," The Guardian reported.

Prince William has spoken to the presidents of China, the United States, and African countries to further the cause of wildlife conservation.

His remarks indicated the world has a moral duty to end the ivory trade and that “ivory is a symbol of destruction, not luxury,” NBC News reported.

Selling ivory that isn’t at least 70 years old is already forbidden, but Namibia and Zimbabwe have asked for the ban to be lifted in order to sell stockpiles of ivory that would fund elephant conservation initiatives. Tusk and other conservation groups argue that any provision for selling ivory reinforces the message that it is desirable and increases its value.

Broadcaster Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall disagreed with any loophole in another speech at the same event. “It is entirely possible that the elephant and the rhino could be made extinct in the wild," he said, according to The Guardian. "It is time critical. Every day four rhinos are shot dead by poachers and 80 elephants are hacked down and traded."

Prince William and his colleagues spoke just before the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which begins Saturday and will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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