The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have created a video message urging people around the world to support organisations working to stop the illegal wildlife trade. The release of the video will begin a week of activities by The Prince and The Duke to highlight the devastating effects of the trade.
In the video Their Royal Highnesses talk about the unprecedented levels of killing of endangered species like elephants, which are killed at a rate of 100 per day. They also highlight the grave threat the illegal wildlife trade poses to the economic and political stability in many areas around the world.
During the film, which is approximately nine minutes long, The Prince of Wales says: "We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade - a trade that has reached such unprecedented levels of killing and related violence that it now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world's most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world."
The Duke of Cambridge goes on to say: "Despite the terrible crisis that we now face, we both continue to be optimistic that the tide can be reversed. We have to be the generation that stopped the illegal wildlife trade, and secured the future of these magnificent animals, and their habitats, for if we fail, it will be too late."
The video ends with The Prince and The Duke saying the phrase "Let's unite for wildlife!" in Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish and Mandarin in order to be understood by as many people as possible living in the countries most affected by the illegal wildlife trade.
The video was recorded on the 26th November 2013 at Clarence House, which is The Prince of Wales's home in London.
On the 13th February 2014 The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge will attend the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the UK Government at Lancaster House. The conference will give leaders from across the world an opportunity to discuss the issue and agree a more coordinated global response to help eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The Prince of Wales will deliver a speech at the London Conference.
On the 12th February The Duke of Cambridge will attend the United for Wildlife Symposium at the Zoological Society of London. Later that evening The Duke will attend a reception at the Natural History Museum, hosted by the UK Government to mark the beginning of London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade.
How to Download The Video
There are three ways to obtain the video footage:
Broadcasters can obtain the full video, which includes footage of Their Royal Highnesses speaking in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Swahili, Spanish and Arabic from ITN.
Please note the video will be played out twice within each timeslot.
Access Information for Broadcasters/Media:
1) London Access , via Local end at BT Tower , London
Date : Saturday 8th February 2014
Time : 1200-1230 GMT
Local end ITN21 for High Definition PAL playout ( 1080/50i)
Local end ITN23 for Standard Definition PAL playout
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Date: Saturday 8th February 2014
Time: 0800-0830 GMT
Service: Onpass from BT Tower and fibre to Sydney
Source: ITN via BT Tower @ HD/ITN21
Destination 1: Globecast Australia DVN TX5 for all Australian takers
Destination 2: TVNZ via dedicated circuit ex Pactv London
Destination 3: TV3 via dedicated circuit ex Pactv London
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Date: Saturday 8th February 2014
Time: 1700-1730 GMT
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Destination 1: LA Switch via PacTV-1
Destination 2: NYC via Waterfront 4082
Destination 3: NY Switch via Pactv-1
Video: 1080i/50>>1080i/60 in LA
PTC Ref: 321074
4) Digital download via ITN FTP site
HD : ftp://WildlifeVNR:WildlifeVNR@saturn.itn.co.uk/Wildlife_VNR_HD.mpeg
Video clip name : Illegal Wildlife Trade Video
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From Press Association
PA Wire customers can obtain the full video, which includes footage of Their Royal Highnesses speaking in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Swahili, Spanish and Arabic from Press Association.
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Six versions will be made available for anyone to download directly from vimeo.com/royalcommunications:
The full video, with messages in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Swahili, Spanish, Arabic and English at the end of the footage
The video with a message in Vietnamese at the end of the footage
The video with a message in Mandarin at the end of the footage
The video with a message in Swahili at the end of the footage
The video with a message in Spanish at the end of the footage
The video with a message in Arabic at the end of the footage
All six versions can be downloaded in the following formats:
HD .MP4 file(1280x720 / 79MB)
SD .MP4 file(640x360 / 23MB)
Original .MP4 file(1920x1080 / 665MB)
How To Obtain Screengrabs
Screengrabs will also be made available at www.flickr.com/britishmonarchy.
Notes to Editors
• The Prince of Wales convened a Conference with the UK Government in May 2013, to which The Duke also attended. This acted as a pre-cursor to the London Conference on The Illegal Wildlife Trade on Thursday 13 February hosted by the UK Government at Lancaster House in central London. Leaders from across the world have now been invited to discuss the issue and agree a more coordinated global response to help eradicate this pernicious trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.The Prince has for more than four decades championed action for a sustainable future. He is a champion of conservation and preserving wildlife and became President of WWF UK in 2011. The Prince has launched numerous sustainability initiatives over the years including the International Sustainability Unit, which facilitates consensus on how to resolve some of the key environmental challenges facing the world.
• Like his father and grandfather, The Duke of Cambridge has a passion for conservation. He has been Patron of Tusk Trust since 2005 and has made sustainable conservation a key area of his own charitable foundation. Through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, The Duke convened, and became President of, United for Wildlife, a collaboration of seven of the largest field based global conservation organisations. The collaboration aims to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises, such as the illegal wildlife trade.
Terms of Release of the video message and accompanied photograph:
Copyright in the photographs and video rests with Clarence House. They are made available to media on condition that:
- The photograph from the video message is for editorial use only;
• The photographs should be accompanied by a caption explaining its context;
• No charge should be made for the supply, release or publication of the photographs or for the video;
• There shall be no commercial use whatsoever of the photographs or video (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use);
• Royal Communications reserve the right to decline a request for the use of the photographs or video;
• Any use outside these terms must be cleared by Royal Communications.