Prince William Wants Buckingham Palace Ivory Destroyed

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Prince William is calling for the destruction of all ivory in the royal collection at Buckingham Palace, the Guardian reports. This comes days after he attended the largest conference ever held on the subject of illegal wildlife trade.

Britian Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

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Primatologist Jane Goodall told The Independent that when she spoke to Prince William and he said that he would "like to see all the ivory owned by Buckingham Palace destroyed."

The royal collection at Buckingham Palace contains about 1,200 pieces dating back hundreds of years. It includes furniture such as an ivory throne that belonged to Queen Victoria. Some art enthusiasts oppose the destruction of these artifacts, but conservationists support the idea.

"It would be a demonstration of them putting their money where their mouth is. It would be extremely significant and visual, and might help Britons hand in their ivory, illegal or legal," said conservationist Dr. Paula Kahumbu.

Prince William is not alone in his stance against illegal ivory. His father, Prince Charles, has asked to have items of ivory removed from his sight at his homes, Clarence House and Highgrove.

"It's difficult to imagine a stronger symbol of the horrors of ivory than Buckingham Palace publicly destroying its own. Good for Prince William for pushing this," said Member of Parliament Zac Goldsmith.

A spokesman for Prince William refused to confirm or deny any private comments attributed to the prince.

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Not a well thought out plan. Two wrongs never make anything right.

February 19 2014 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not a well thought out plan by the Prince. Two wrongs never make a right.

February 19 2014 at 4:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is a feel good kind of suggestion but is not truly necessary (never mind the proper course debate) to take a forceful stand against present day, illegal ivory trade. It actually sets a precedent that he probably doesn't wish to follow if he looks at other personal and palace possessions with the same logic; in the interest of demonstrating as strong an opposition to "blood" diamonds it would only follow that he and the princess have all their diamonds, including from her engagement ring, crushed and to call for all palace diamonds including those of the crown jewels to be handled likewise. We could take this type of logic on and on, such as destroy all wood possessions made of exotic wood to protest the rampant destruction of rain forests, etc., etc.

February 19 2014 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doug Broadway

I guess if you destroy the evidence, the crime never happened. That won't bring those elephants back. Leave it where it is and stop future ivory harvesting.

February 19 2014 at 8:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The only living thing that NEEDS the ivory is elephants and walrus. I have been raising havoc for years about the elephants. It just kills me and makes me cry to see what happens to them. They are so smart and loving to their families. People who collect ivory and wear fur coats are selfish and cold. If you look into the eyes of these abused animals you can see their intelligents. They need to stop using animals in circus and magic acts to. These are wild animals and should be allow to roam free instead of being put in prison for what they call entertainment. I will boycott all forms of exhibtions using animals. If you locked a human up like that it would be considered a crime but when it's done to an animal in the eyes of most laws it's nothing. That's a real crime to take from those that can not speak for themselves. Please boycott what ever hurts these beautiful creates.

February 19 2014 at 8:04 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Bad idea, 'Fahrenheit 451' comes to mind.

If they really feel bad about the ivory, lock it away for future 'royals' to decide. Or donate the collection to a museum. To destroy ANY work of Art is reprehensible.

February 19 2014 at 8:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Leon Stark

Maybe the Natural History Museum, or a Museum of Royal Artifacts would be appropriate places for such physical objects. Destroy, no. Leave them for future understanding what crimes were committed in the past to show Royal Supremacy and Primacy in its various Imperial incarnations.

The sentiment is decent, but the act seems to be overkill that Princes William and Charles feel personally about generations far past.Have either of them discussed this with "Her Royal Highness", their Mum?

February 19 2014 at 9:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
D.I.( Debi)

I'm so glad he will inherit Brittian's throne, he will be greater than even his mother! I already love this guy!!

February 19 2014 at 8:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I think I like this guy...

February 19 2014 at 7:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Prince William is doing the right thing and I applaud him. Ivory should not be considered art. Destroy it all except for piano keys and make future piano keys from synthetic materials. Remove ivory from the public consciousness and demand will diminish. It should not be considered in any favorable way whatsoever.

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