Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wills: Poach Eggs, Not Animals

Fresh from celebrating his first wedding anniversary last weekend, Prince William is lined up to highlight the problem of animal poaching in Africa.
He's taking part in an anti-poaching project and doco, fired up by the "senseless slaughter" of Max, a hand-reared rhino, killed last year by poachers at a Kenyan wildlife preserve. Wills' friend, British TV presenter and Royals worshipper Ben Fogle: "I was lucky enough to go out to Botswana with him a few years ago, so it would be nice to do more with him. We're both passionate about stopping poaching."
Prince William has long been interested in conservation. In 2001, he began assisting with the Lewa Wildlife Preserve conservation project in central Kenya, and later became a patron of the Tusk Trust charity. After last week's London screening of African Cats, about Kenya's wildlife, the prince spoke out about endangered animals: "Films like this remind us of the dramatic beauty, and the harshness, of the natural world – and there is nowhere more awe-inspiring or beautiful than the vast plains of Kenya's Maasai Mara. Africa's natural heritage is the world’s natural heritage. We have to preserve places like this – not just for us, but for future generations. We must act now, coherently and together, if the situation is to be reversed and our global, natural legacy preserved. Tomorrow will be too late."
This is all very well and highly commendable, doffed caps and "Mummy would be proud" etc... but Prince William still goes out with shotgun in arm, blasting pheasants and boar into oblivion on a whim.
Just a passing thought...

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