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Kennel Club 'deeply shocked' at death of Crufts show dog

The organisers of Crufts dog show have said they are "deeply shocked and saddened" at the news that one of the canine competitors in this year's event has died 26 hours after competing.

Three-year-old Irish setter Jagger reportedly collapsed and died after returning to his home in Belgium on Friday, sparking fears he may have been poisoned. A toxicology report is due next week.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko released the following statement today:


'Wildlife black market thriving in the West,' Prince warns

Prince William told guests at a wildlife reception in New York that Western nations could look "closer to home" to remedy the problem of the illegal trade in exotic animal products.

The 32-year-old royal said "iconic species are being "illegally butchered in the name of trinkets and medicine".

'China will want to know what Prince will say when he visits'

China will want to know what Prince William will say when he visits China after he spoke out against the illegal wildlife trade, an expert told ITV News.

The country is the world's biggest destination for illegal ivory fulled by the belief it is an aspirational possession and a remedy in Chinese medicine.

ITV's China Correspondent Lucy Watson has this report:

International taskforce set up to tackle poaching

Prince William before delivering his speech at the World Bank. Credit: pool

A British-backed international taskforce has been set up to help tackle animal poaching.

In a speech on the issue, Prince William said the taskforce will work with the transport industry to see how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking routes.

He added some members of the private sector were already leading the way by banning sharking fins on planes, whether they were obtained legally or not.

The prince said the taskforce would also build on the work done by INTERPOL, who recently issued a list of nine fugitives most wanted for environmental crime.

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