Britain "taking the lead" at wildlife crime talks

The Foreign Secretary William Hague told 5 live Breakfast that Britain is taking the global lead on tackling wildlife crime, because it's uniquely well placed to do so.

The Foreign Secretary spoke ahead of an international summit on Thursday 13th February, which he's co-hosting with the Prime Minister and the Prince of Wales.

Heads of State and government are joining ministers and lobbyists from around the world in London to look at how to protect three species which are at the heart of the international poaching trade; elephants, lions and tigers.

Over 1,000 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa, a 50% rise from 2012. And across Africa, as many as 50,000 elephants are being shot down every year to satisfy the booming ivory market.

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