Prince William pays tribute to ‘much missed’ queen in wildlife speech

Britain’s Prince William spoke about his “much-missed grandmother” Queen Elizabeth on Tuesday as he called for action to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, saying it is destroying lives and killing many species. putting you in danger. In his first speech since becoming Prince of Wales following the Queen’s death last month, William told the United for Wildlife Global Summit how he was inspired by his father, now King Charles, and his grandparents, Elizabeth, and how they care for the environment. was inspired to. Late husband Prince Philip.

“Our natural world is one of our greatest assets. It’s a lesson I learned from a young age, both from my father and grandfather, both committed naturalists in their own right, and also from my much-missed grandmother, who cared so much.” of the natural world,” said William. “In times of loss, it is a comfort to honor those we remember through our work,” he said at the summit at London’s Science Museum, where 300 members of the private sector, conservation organizations and law enforcement Key figures were gathered.

William, who has campaigned for some years on the issue, said the world does not have the “luxury of time” to combat the illegal trade, which is estimated to be worth up to $20 billion annually to United for Wildlife and It is associated with violent crime. , corruption and smuggling. “There are still too many criminals who believe they can act with impunity, many lives are being lost, and many species are on the verge of extinction because of this heinous crime,” he said.

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William also paid tribute to Anton Mazimba, who was shot dead in July at a nature reserve in South Africa by a ranger. “The devastating news about ranger Anton Mazimba is a shocking confirmation of how vicious the illegal wildlife trade is,” he said.

“He stood up for violent criminals and paid the ultimate price. It is fitting that we pay tribute to him and all the other selfless rangers and frontline conservationists here today.”

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