British Prince William killed wildlife a day before his pro-wildlife appeal

This video from Britain says about itself:

Prince Harry Kills Me reinserted into Jeremy Dellers English Magic at Venice Biennale 2013

5 June 2013

The British government’s censoring of Jeremy Deller‘s hypergraphic Harry Kills Me at the 2013 Venice Biennale – which referred to Prince Harry’s role as officer in the British Army in Afghanistan as well as his shooting of endangered hen harriers on one of his family estates … can show us, besides the snivelling servitude of Deller and the bureaucrats of the British Council, some ways that art functions today.

The actions of the council first show how not just politics but how art too is a continuation of war by other means. The passive reaction and collusion of the press in the UK shows how censorship is art made not tongue-tied but triumphant. Meaning is constructed by what is occulted not revealed.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Prince William went hunting a day before launching wildlife appeal

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell questions timing of trip to hunt deer and wild boar in Spain

Alexandra Topping

Sunday 9 February 2014 12.51 GMT

Prince William went on a deer and wild boar hunting trip in Spain a day before he launched a high-profile appeal to stop the illegal hunting of wildlife, it has emerged.

There is no suggestion the hunting trip was in any way illegal, but critics have suggested that the timing of the holiday was poor, coming before an appeal close to the prince’s heart.

In a message broadcast on Sunday, the Duke of Cambridge and his father, Prince Charles, called on people to help save endangered animals such as rhinos, elephants and tigers.

A royal spokesman said the duke, who quit the RAF last year to lead a new global conservation group, United for Wildlife, was a “passionate advocate” on the subject.

The BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell questioned the timing of the trip, which was also attended by Prince Harry, the Sun reported. “Such a trip is a world away from shooting endangered species for profit, but some may feel that to go hunting himself just as he launches a high-profile campaign is, at the very least, ill-timed,” Witchell said.

A royal spokesman said: “The Duke of Cambridge has for many years been a passionate advocate for endangered wildlife and has campaigned tirelessly to help stop the illegal poaching of rhino horn and elephant tusk. His track record in this area speaks for itself.”

In the broadcast, William and Charles make appeals in languages including Mandarin, Arabic and Swahili to stop the illegal wildlife trade.

Prince Charles, president of the wildlife charity WWF UK, starts the message with a warning that the trade has reached “unprecedented levels of killing and related violence” and poses a threat not only to endangered animals but to economic and political stability around the globe.

He says: “More than 30,000 elephants were killed last year, amounting to nearly 100 deaths per day. In the past 10 years, 62% of African forest elephants have been lost. If this rate continues, the forest elephant will be extinct within 10 years. A rhinoceros is killed every 11 hours. As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, there are believed to be fewer than 3,200 left in the wild.”

The duke, who is royal patron of the wildlife conservation charity Tusk Trust, says he wants future generations, including his son, George, to be able to appreciate protected wildlife. “This year, I have become even more devoted to protecting the resources of the Earth for not only my own son but also the other children of his generation to enjoy,” he says.

On Wednesday the duke will attend a United for Wildlife symposium at the Zoological Society of London, followed by an evening reception at the Natural History Museum to mark the start of a high-profile wildlife conference hosted by the British government.

The conference, held at Lancaster House in London, will host policymakers and campaigners from 50 countries, and there will be speeches from Charles and foreign secretary, William Hague.

The conference aims to tackle the wildlife trade by strengthening law enforcement, reducing demand for illegal products and supporting sustainable livelihoods for communities in affected areas, according to the government.

This reminds me of some things.

That His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge, hunted in Spain of all places. reminded me of King Juan Carlos of Spain. Who went to Africa to kill elephants.

This also reminded of the Duke of Cambridge’s brother, Prince Harry. Police accused His Royal Highness of killing two endangered hen harriers. However, British authorities let His Royal Highness off the hook.

It also reminded me of this. The late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands killed many elephants. Then, he became a big shot in the WWF. He then proposed to kill elephant poachers without trial. However much I am against poaching, I am also against the death penalty; certainly without trial.

WWF Spain recently sacked the king of Spain for elephant killing. So, there is some improvement in some places.

With the gathering of the first United for Wildlife conference in London this week, the subject of international wildlife crime has been very much in the media spotlight. This has stimulated a huge amount of online commentary and debate about our tendency to view wildlife crime as a foreign issue, and whether or not we adhere to our responsibility to practice what we preach: here.

The Angolan government has announced on Thursday in London, UK, its whole concern about the gradual strengthening of the network of people and money associated with wildlife trade and other forms of organised criminal activity: here.

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  12. Friday 8th April 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    Some of the Windsors hare off into the world with the noble message of support for endagered species, but the story changes considerably when it comes to royal estates

    Prince Harry along with his brother William and their father and heir to the throne Charlie are often seen and heard advising people around the world how to look after their native wildlife. Harry is soon off to Africa to give his advice on the subject.

    I’d be the last person to criticise them for that but perhaps they should start by having a word with their mother and grandmother who, it seems, is organising bloody slaughter herself on her royal estates.

    It seems that the Queen has been sanctioning massive culls of mountain hares on her royal estates. Towards the end of February one cull on the Queen’s Delnadamph estate which is part of the royal Balmoral estate in Aberdeenshire is said to have killed more than 500 hares.

    The owners of grouse-shoots and their gamekeepers have a bad reputation for illegally slaughtering birds of prey and other wildlife. Some keepers have been brought to justice as we have reported in these pages but sadly far too many get away with it.

    Not content with killing rare and threatened raptors the same estates have been slaughtering huge numbers of said mountain hares (Lepus timidus). They claim they do it to protect their precious red grouse stocks from a virus carried by the hares.

    Last year, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) called on these landowners to practice voluntary restraint and try to rein in their lust for slaughtering these mountain hares.

    This rather watered-down response was after 10 conservation organisations asked SNH to impose an immediate three-year ban on hare culling to allow an assessment of how this large-scale and indiscriminate slaughter was affecting the conservation status of the mountain hare.

    The grouse-shooting industry reacted strongly against this proposal and SNH caved in to the high-powered lobbying and refused to impose the temporary ban.

    Allegations about the culls come from veteran scientist and pre-eminent authority on Scotland’s mountains Dr Adam Watson, who says he has reliable accounts from eyewitnesses and other informed sources.

    Watson is a Scottish biologist, ecologist, mountaineer and a popular and respected naturalist on TV and radio. His vast academic output and contributions to the understanding of the flora and fauna in Scotland and elsewhere has been internationally recognised.

    As well as the evidence from Watson a photograph of a pickup truck full of dead hares was published by the Scottish paper the Sunday Herald earlier this year.

    “In each case, a brutal military-type operation occurred with scores of quad bikes and snow scooters driving the hares up to armed staff hidden higher up and frequent bangs from guns,” Watson said. “These severe killings show no respect for the public or for wildlife under stress during snowy weather.”

    Meanwhile grouse shooters and landowners insist that shooting hares is perfectly legal and doesn’t jeopardise their populations. But Watson argues that mass killings are in breach of European law because they are indiscriminate and damage the animals’ conservation status.

    Unlike rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and the more common brown hare (Lepus europaeus), which were both introduced to Britain albeit many centuries ago, the mountain hare is a truly indigenous species.

    It’s coat is brown in summer, with a white tail and turns white in winter, dependent upon temperature. Not all individuals necessarily turn completely white. It has long black tipped ears but shorter than those of the brown hare.

    Mountain hares graze on heather grasses, rush and sedge and live for between three and four years unless killed.

    In Britain they are generally found on heather moorlands, particularly those which are managed by burning for red grouse shoots.

    Although native to the Highlands of Scotland it has been introduced to the Southern Uplands, the Peak District and on some Scottish Islands including Hoy (Orkney), Mainland (Shetland), Mull and Skye. In Ireland, there is a genetically very distinct form, the Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus).

    The royals have a bit of a history when it comes to wildlife hypocrisy. Back in 2007 Harry was questioned by Norfolk police about the illegal shooting of two protected hen harriers.

    The shots came from the Royal Sandringham estate where the only guns pointing skyward were in the hands of Harry and two friends. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) confirmed that he had been interviewed as an official suspect by police, along with William van Cutsem, 28, a family friend, and David Clarke, 58, one of the Queen’s gamekeepers.

    Despite an intensive police inquiry, no charges could be brought because the bodies of the hen harriers could not be found.

    The implication in the CPS statement is that the dead birds’ bodies were removed — an act routinely encountered during investigations into wildlife crime.

    The CPS said it had no doubt the birds had been shot and, it revealed, the prince and his companions were also questioned over the illegal use of lead shot over the nature reserve.

    Every year hen harriers are killed illegally by gamekeepers and others involved in the grouse shooting industry but successful prosecutions are incredibly rare.

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