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.
Will Hong Kong Finally Recognise Wildlife Crime as Serious and Organised?
November 19, 2020
Sophie le Clue
On November 2nd, ADMCF in conjunction with the Hong Kong University Law faculty released a white paper that outlined the rationale and mechanisms for Hong Kong to make a step change and treat wildlife crime in the city as the ...
Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime Suggests Amendments to Wildlife Trade Laws
September 7, 2020
We are amidst a pandemic and consequent global economic crisis that show just how vulnerable we have made ourselves by ignoring how we interact with wildlife and the natural world. Despite the risks inherent in wildlife trade, ...
Global, Hong Kong
Divided Interests in Wildlife Trade Should be United over Covid-19
June 18, 2020
Sophie le Clue
Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) have the unenviable job of policing the flow of goods into and out of one of the world’s biggest trading hubs – Hong Kong. The city is home to one of the busiest airports ...