Duke warns of poaching dangers

Prince William has labelled the illegal poaching of wild animals "economic sabotage" and warned elephants, rhinos and tigers could "end up like the dodo" unless it is stopped. He made the comments at a conference co-organised by the Prince of Wales

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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.

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