Prince William criticized for believing trophy hunting is justified in certain circumstances
Mar 16, 2016 07:45 PM EDT
The Prince of Wales have been targeted by conservationists after his claims that commercial hunting can be justified in certain circumstances.
The Duke of Cambridge has been facing criticisms after making trips to hunt deers and wild boars while campaigning his intents to disseminate illegal wildlife trading in the report by Town and Country Mag. In an interview, Prince William said that though it is not everyone's cup of tea, commercial hunting could positively impact efforts to save the endangered species.
"So when one 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," the heir to the throne said.
iTV added that the prince acknowledges the link between poaching and terrorism as he called for an urgent action to break any connection in slaughtering of endangered animals and making the money as source of funding in making acts of terror. He even joked about seeing George being burned out and expressed hopes on his children continuing the fight to protect the endangered species. Also, William reportedly have the intention to destroy every ivory owned by the Buckingham Palace.
However, according to The Guardian, UK-based charity Lion Aid was not pleased on the comments of William, citing that it is a "sad day." They said in a statement that "With likely less than 15,000 wild lions left in Africa, there is no place for commercial hunting of lions." They added that continuance of commercial hunting to these lions will not be deemed sustainable.
The prince was previously criticized in 2014 when he launched an appeal to take the illegal hunting of wildlife to rest but prior to that day, he went on to have a deer and wild boar hunting in Spain. Though there was no evidence that it is illegal, the timing of the event was poorly decided.