Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP
Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP

How did Prince William end up promoting a cruel China elephant circus?

When British royal, a vocal campaigner for the rights of elephants, visited a Yunnan conservation park recently, he appeared unaware the establishment operated an exploitative circus. How, asks Simon Parry, could the prince have been so poorly advised?

Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP
Prince William (left) feeds a resident of Wild Elephant Valley, in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, on March 4. Photo: AFP
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