1. Tim Ewart

Prince Charles issues battle rallying cry to end poaching

Prince Charles told the summit a growing global middle class is seeking the spoils of poaching. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Prince Charles has said "we face one of the most serious threats to wildlife ever and we must treat it as a battle" at an international poaching conference.

Appearing at the conference alongside his son Prince William, he said: "As a father and soon to be grandfather I find it inconceivable that our children should live in a world bereft of these animals."

The Prince of Wales said poachers are using "weapons of war - assault rifles, silencers, night vision equipment and helicopters" in their pursuit of illegal animal gains.

He added that a growing global middle class are seeking exotic products from poaching to reflect their prosperity.