In an interview with ITV News, the heir to the throne spoke his mind regarding trophy hunting and how he believes it to be justified under certain circumstances.
“So when [an animal] is infertile, he’s at the end of his life, if somebody out there wants to pay that money – and it wouldn’t be me – but if somebody did, then as long as that money goes back into protection of the species then it is a justifiable means of conserving species that are under serious threat,” he said in the interview.
The interview, broadcast in the UK Tuesday night was intended to highlight anti-poaching initiatives when the future king began (truthfully) stating that trophy hunting does in fact play a large role in conservation and to the economies.
“There is a place for commercial hunting in Africa as there is round the world. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but the arguments for regulated, properly controlled commercial hunting is that the money that goes from shooting a very old infirm animal goes back into the protection of the other species.” William said.
After his comments were aired, the anti-hunting community shot back, just as we expected.
Watch the clip from the interview below: