The Duke of Cambridge has led a historic taskforce, prompting global transport leaders to cease using illegal wildlife trafficking routes.
Forty leaders from shipping, transport and infrastructure agreed to terms set by United For Wildlife’s Transport Taskforce, following a year of negotiation championed by Prince William.
“We cannot afford to waste a single day”, Prince William told signatories at Buckingham Palace just hours ago.
“(This taskforce is) a game changer in the race against extinction”, he added. “Poachers and traffickers are bringing brutal violence into desperately poor parts of the world”.
Signatories have agreed to raise standards across their own transport operations, thus preventing traffickers from moving animals from killing fields to black markets.
The announcement has been welcomed by members of the public, with many echoing their support for Prince William.
“Thank you so much for lending your voice to this dire issue!” one Instagram user wrote online. Whilst another added, “Diana would be so proud of William”.
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“We cannot afford to waste a single day” – The Duke speaks at today’s historic @unitedforwildlife declaration signing at Buckingham Palace, which saw 40 global transport leaders confirm their support for the fight to shut down illegal wildlife trafficking routes. The Buckingham Palace Declaration commits signatories to eleven commitments that will raise standards across the transportation industry to prevent traffickers from exploiting weaknesses as they seek to covertly move their products from killing field to marketplace.
“Poachers and traffickers are bringing brutal violence into desperately poor parts of the world” The Duke of Cambridge signs a letter demonstrating his support for the @unitedforwildlife Buckingham Palace declaration, which commits 40 leaders of the global transportation industry to major steps to fight criminal wildlife trafficking – and eradicate tragedies like those suffered by this White Rhino.
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This afternoon at Buckingham Palace 40 global transport leaders will sign a historic declaration in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking routes. The declaration, a result of a year’s work by @unitedforwildlife Transport Taskforce, has been hailed by The Duke of Cambridge as “a game changer in the race against extinction” Yesterday The Duke visited DP World’s London Gateway, one of the core participants of the Transport Taskforce, where he received a vivid demonstration of the scale of the task involved with keeping key transport infrastructure from being exploited by traffickers of illegal wildlife products.