LONDON, Feb 17 : Britain's future king has called for the destruction of all stocks of ivory products in Buckingham Palace's collection, including exotic thrones from India. The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, who is second to the British throne after his father Prince Charles, is believed to have asked for the destruction of all ivory products from the palace, home to the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
On Sunday veteran primatologist Jane Goodall was quoted as saying that Prince William told her he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed".
It is believed the palace has 1,200 items within its collection containing ivory, including thrones from India that incorporate elephant-ivory plaques.
The collection includes fans, miniatures and furniture.
Prince William had strongly endorsed the recently concluded Illegal Wildlife conference in London which agreed key actions to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade.
Around 45 tons of ivory were seized in 2013 believed to be the biggest annual haul in a quarter of a century. In the last six months alone, China has crushed nearly seven tons of ivory.
Prince William last week launched a new coalition United for Wildlife and said "the forces that are currently destroying some of the world's most endangered species are sophisticated and powerful, but this week we are seeing the creation of an equally powerful alliance, coming together to help fight them".
The conference, which was chaired by Britain's foreign secretary William Hague and attended by world leaders from over 40 nations, vowed to help save iconic species from the brink of extinction.
The London Declaration contained commitments for practical steps to
end the illegal trade in rhino horns, tiger parts and elephant tusks that fuels criminal activity worth over $19 billion each year. —TNN