Prince William just took a daring step into the firing line of the greenies. After making a very logical statement on hunting trophy animals, the prince has received heat from it like none other. Check it out.
Conservationists have hit out at Prince William after the heir to the throne claimed that trophy hunting of animals could be justified in certain circumstances.
The Duke of Cambridge said in an interview for ITV News that commercial hunting could have a positive impact on efforts to save endangered species.
“So when [an animal] is infertile, he’s at the end of his life, if somebody out there wants to pay that money – and it wouldn’t be me – but if somebody did, then as long as that money goes back into protection of the species then it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat,” he said.
The prince also said that there was a link between poaching and terrorism, and called for action to break any connection between the two.
He added: “In certain areas there is potential evidence and links that I can’t go into myself but I know of that are of a concern that I think we should be taking more urgent action.”
The UK-based charity Lion Aid was among those leading the criticism, describing William comments as a “sad day”.
It added in a statement: “With likely less than 15,000 wild lions left in Africa, there is no place for commercial hunting of lions. With an estimated 1,500 wild male lions in existence and with current ‘offtake’ for trophy hunting of 300 per annum, continued trophy hunting cannot be deemed as sustainable.