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Britain's Prince Charles, William make video as part of plea against illegal wildlife trade

Published on Feb 10, 2014 1:31 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, and his son Prince William have made a video plea urging people around the world to support efforts to stop illegal wildlife trade.

The British government is due to host an international conference on the trade, estimated to be worth more than 6 billion pounds (S$12.5 billion) a year, on Feb 13 in London.

In the nine-minute video, filmed last November at Charles' London home Clarence House and broadcast on Sunday, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth describes the trade as having reached "unprecedented levels of killing and related violence".

"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," he said.

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