Target: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Goal: Urge Prince William to stop promoting trophy hunting as a means of conservation and condemn the practice instead.
Media outlets that are publishing photos of the British royals feeding endangered baby animals are quick to forget Prince William’s recent support of trophy hunting. While the Duke and Duchess were recently photographed feeding orphaned rhinos and elephants, William recently commented that “there’s a place for commercial hunting,” and “it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat.” This is literally saying that the best way to protect an animal is to hunt and kill it.
This statement is widely incompatible with his grand speeches on the importance of wildlife conservation and his positions as president of United for Wildlife and the Tusk Trust.
Instead of promoting trophy hunting, Prince William should serve as a true spokesperson for wildlife and use his considerable influence to condemn this loathsome practice and ensure it is outlawed. Sign this petition urging him to speak up for wild animals, not against them.
Dear Prince William,
While the photographs of you and your wife feeding orphaned animals at an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary are inspiring, your recent comments promoting trophy hunting are not. In an interview with ITV News you said that “there’s a place for commercial hunting” and that “it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat.” This ludicrous suggestion that the best way of protecting animals is by killing them is highly destructive and puts wildlife in grave danger.
These comments are also highly inappropriate and incompatible with your positions as president of United for Wildlife and the Tusk Trust and self-proclaimed interest in wildlife conservation.
I urge you to stop promoting trophy hunting and use your considerable influence to condemn it and have this gruesome practice outlawed instead.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Bernard Dupont