They talk about the unprecedented levels of killing of endangered species, such as elephants, which are killed at a rate of 100 per day.
Prince Charles says in the video, which was recorded in November: “We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade – a trade that has reached such unprecedented levels of killing and related violence that it now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world’s most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world.”
Prince William goes on to say: “Despite the terrible crisis that we now face, we both continue to be optimistic that the tide can be reversed. We have to be the generation that stopped the illegal wildlife trade, and secured the future of these magnificent animals, and their habitats, for if we fail, it will be too late.”
The video ends with The Prince and The Duke saying the phrase “Let’s unite for wildlife!” in Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish and Mandarin in order to be understood by as many people as possible living in the countries most affected by the illegal wildlife trade.
The conference will give leaders from across the world an opportunity to discuss the issue and agree a more coordinated global response to help eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech at the conference.