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Declaration is sought on illegal wildlife trade

Declaration is sought on illegal wildlife trade

Leaders from 40 states are gathering in London to discuss the illegal wildlife trade. The aim is to draw up a global declaration that will tackle animal trafficking. Prince Charles and The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, will attend the meeting, hosted by the government.

Conservationists say poaching has reached a crisis point: tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos and tigers are being slaughtered each year. The WWF estimates that the animal black market is worth $19bn (£12bn) a year. Much of the demand comes from Asia, where animal products, such as rhino horns, are used in traditional medicine or are bought by the rich as trophies.

BBC article

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