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Endangered wildlife trafficking tackled

Prince Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince William attended the gathering.

Most poaching takes place in Africa and most of the ill-gotten gains from this bloody business ends up in Asia. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - World leaders on Thursday gathered in London in a bid to put the brakes on trafficking of endangered wildlife.

At present, it is the fourth most lucrative organised crime business.

Prince Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince William will attend the gathering.

Heads of state from 40 countries will also attend the meeting.

Conservationists say something drastic has to be done to curb the US$19 billion annual trade.

Rhino, elephants and tigers are particularly targeted by poachers.

Most poaching takes place in Africa and most of the ill-gotten gains from this bloody business end up in Asia.

About a fifth of these endangered species live in areas properly controlled by the authorities, which could be the starting point for the various countries.

Delegates from Asia, including China and Vietnam, where the demand is greatest, haven't yet spoken.