In August 2017, ADMCF started its court monitoring programme involving attending as many wildlife crime cases as possible in both Magistrates Court and the District Court (Post May 1st 2018), with the aim of developing case notes to inform understanding of how Hong Kong’s criminal justice system is in practice treating wildlife crime in its courts.
Following Hong Kong’s legislative amendment (May 1st 2018) whereby wildlife crime offences became indictable with a maximum 10year custodial sentence, court monitoring has enabled the tracking of the new penalty regime’s effectiveness and identification of its shortcomings. These data are being used as part of dialogue with the government regarding policy change and to press for appropriate deterrent sentencing.
Further the court monitoring provides important additional information on seizures for incorporation into the Wildlife Products Seizure database (WiPS), by capturing data and details that have not been released publicly by the Hong Kong Government.
Catalysing Change, in a Transforming World
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Sophie le Clue
On 1st November, I stepped in to ADMCF’s CEO role following Lisa’s move into her new position at ADM Capital, building funds with a climate focus. After 15 years steering ADM Capital Foundation, Lisa has joined our ...
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Sophie le Clue
In November 2020, we published a blog entitled: Will Hong Kong Finally Recognise Wildlife Crime as Serious and Organized? nineteen months later, that question has finally been answered – Yes. On August 18th Hong Kong’s ...
#BeTheChange: Tipping the Scales
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“In recent years, researchers estimate a pangolin was poached every 21 minutes to fuel the illegal trade in Hong Kong alone. Globally, a pangolin is poached from the wild every 5 minutes.” #BetheChange: Tipping the ...