By Gbenro Adeoye
Britain’s Prince William has appealed to parents in China to join in the universal fight against poaching of wild animals.
The Prince is teaming up with ex-football star, David Beckham, in the campaign against animal poaching, which is widely believed to be common in some parts of Asia. To support the campaign, Prince William and Beckham have recorded a public service announcement for wildlife protection organisation, WildAid.
In the video, Prince William called on parents in China to reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products, since the Asian country is the principal market for ivory, rhino horn, shark’s fin and other internationally outlawed items.
He said, “We must stop the demand for illegally traded wildlife products within our lifetimes or these amazing animals will be forever wiped from the planet. As a father, our children to know that rhinos are not just a picture in a book.”
Beckham added, “We can all do our part by sharing this message with buyers of illegal wildlife products. If you do buy ivory, rhino horn, or shark fin, I urge you to stop and help us bring these senseless killings to an end.”
Chinese basketball star, Yao Ming, also starred in the advert, as Prince William joined him in trying his hand at Mandarin.
Sharing a sentence, the pair stated in the Chinese language, “When the buying stops… the killing can too.”
Chinese movie icon, Jackie Chan, and Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson, are among the other celebrities lending their support to the WildAid organisation.
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