Jackie Chan mistakes Prince William for HARRY… and congratulates him on his trek to the South Pole
- Both men are helping to campaign against trade in ivory and rhino horn
- They appear in videos telling Chinese to stop buying the products
Hong Kong cinema icon Jackie Chan left the Duke of Cambridge humbled when he met him yesterday, mistaking the second-in-line to the throne for his younger brother.
The kung fu movie star revealed that he had congratulated the Duke on his recent trip to the South Pole with wounded veterans.
‘Prince William said, ‘No, that was my brother’, and I said ‘I’m sorry’. But they look almost same, huh?’ Chan told The Times.
Campaigners: Both men have made short videos in Mandarin about the illegal trade in endangered wildlife
Like peas in a pod, er… Prrinces Harry and William with their father Prince Charles on their way to Lancaster House for yesterday’s Illegal Wildlife Trade summit, which was attended by representatives from 46 countries
The pair met at an evening reception at Natural History Museum in London on Wednesday night for the international Illegal Wildlife Trade summit, which took place yesterday.
Both men, along with the footballer David Beckham and basketball star Yao Ming, have made short videos in Mandarin about the illegal trade in endangered wildlife to urge Chinese to stop buying ivory and rhino horn.
Despite admitting that his compatriots might not recognise Prince William, Chan said the Chinese public knew of him and were more likely to be moved by his appeals than those of his father, Prince Charles.
But there was another Briton who would be even more likely to be listened to, the 59-year-old said. ‘Beckham – people will listen to him because everyone knows him.
The Duke, Beckham and Yao, a former star of the NBA who is one of China’s best-known athletes, all feature in a video filmed on the pitch at Wembley Stadium, where they are surrounded by computer-generated rhinos.
The WildAid campaign video tells viewers that the world’s entire rhino population could fit inside the stadium, but their numbers could be increased by stopping the demand for rhino horn.
In the message, William says: ‘Together we can save our wild rhinos. When the buying stops, the killing can too.’
Beckham adds: ‘Ask your friends and family never to buy rhino horn.’
In a separate video, Chan warns viewers that buying rhino horn supports the dark side of the trade.
‘You’re paying for guns, bullets, poisoned arrows, chainsaws, axes, and machetes to hack off the face of the rhino. And you are paying for the life of a beautiful creature,’ he says.
Versions of both films have also been published in English.
‘Everyone will listen to Beckham’: Former NBA star Yao Ming, Prince William and David Beckham behind the scenes for WildAid’s Mandarin film encouraging Chinese people to stop buying rhino horn and elephant tusk
Important message: The film features the three men on the pitch at Wembley, where they are surrounded by computer-generated rhinos. It tells viewers that the world’s entire rhino population could fit inside the stadium
The Prince gave a speech at the reception, where he set out a five-point plan to help safeguard threatened creatures like rhinos, elephants and tigers as world leaders prepared to meet to discuss how to tackle the issue.
His proposals ranged from using technology like drones and GPS trackers in the fight against poachers to supporting the judiciary and law enforcement agencies in tackling the problem.
‘Tonight we are here with a single, shared purpose – to use our collective influence to put a stop to the illegal killing and trafficking of some of our world’s most iconic and endangered species,’ he said.
‘Never before has a group like this come together – in these numbers – to stop the illegal trade in wildlife. All of us in this room have a duty to make sure that tomorrow, 13th February, is a date that marks the beginning of the end of this despicable trade.
‘The conference will bring together leaders from around the world who will pledge to reduce both the supply and the demand driving this trade.
‘Let’s not for a second underestimate how important this step is.’
‘You are paying for the life of a beautiful creature’: Jackie Chan behind the scenes of his conservation video
‘You’re paying for guns, bullets, poisoned arrows, chainsaws, axes, and machetes’: The action film star tells viewers that by buying products like rhino horn they are unwittingly helping poachers to buy weapons
Chan said as a youngster it was common practice for Chinese households to use animal parts as health remedies but he later learned how tigers, elephants and rhinos were killed for the products.
He added: ‘This is why I wanted to be a spokesperson against the animal trade, it’s my duty to tell the Asian world, the people who believe these kind of things – it’s wrong.
‘So many of my friends have stopped eating shark fin soup now.’
Action film icon: Jackie Chan with American comedian Chris Tucker in a scene from Rush Hour 2
Chan in Rumble In The Bronx: He said as a youngster it was common practice for Chinese households to use animal parts as remedies but he later learned how tigers, elephants and rhinos were killed for the products
He added that China’s government should ban all ivory trade, because the present policy of licensing its carving and sale left the door open for illicit tusks to find their way into the market.
The event was in advance of a major international summit held yesterday, attented by leaders of countries who have made a commitment to tackle poaching.
The presidents of Botswana, Chad, Gabon and Tanzania were among representatives from a total of 46 countries and 11 international organisations.
Source : Daily Mail