Before climate change became Prince William’s main issue, he was passionate about conservation in Africa and has done both public and private work to support related charities. He is known to comment on the movement’s most significant victories, and on Friday he released a statement praising a significant 63-month sentence given to a man who trafficked millions of dollars worth of rhinoceros horns and elephant tusks.
On Thursday, Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Liberian national Moazu Kromah had been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison for trafficking related to endangered animals. “Today’s sentencing demonstrates both what is possible when a coordinated international response is brought to bear against the illegal wildlife trade, and why it is essential,” William said in response.
In a statement, the SDNY said that Kromah had conspired to “to traffic in millions of dollars in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both endangered wildlife species, which involved the illegal poaching of more than approximately 35 rhinoceros and more than 100 elephants.” Kromah was originally charged with the crime in June 2019, when he was extradited from Uganda to the United States. In March 2022, he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wildlife trafficking and two counts of wildlife trafficking.
In his statement, William praised the organizations whose efforts led to the conviction, including some who have worked with United for Wildlife, the anti-trafficking and poaching organization he founded in 2014. “This is a significant victory and a landmark case,” he said. “For over a decade, its complexity has been skilfully met by a global alliance of international law enforcement agencies, governments, NGOs and private sector organizations, including a number of brilliant United for Wildlife partners.”
On Thursday, People reported that Prince Harry had traveled to Africa to do some conservation work of his own. A spokesperson for Harry said that the purpose of the prince’s trip was “welcoming and co-hosting a group of U.S. officials, conservationists and philanthropists as they tour protected wildlife and nature areas.”
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