Pangolins are among the world’s most heavily trafficked wild mammals and from 2013-2019 the scales of tens of thousands of pangolins have been seized in Hong Kong alone, mostly from Africa. Based on these seizures, its estimated that a pangolin is poached every 17 minutes to supply the city’s illegal pangolin trade. Experts believe that the eight species will be extinct within 10-20 years if the current situation continues.
One of the greatest challenges faced in combatting wildlife trafficking is lack of political will in part driven by lack of knowledge and awareness of the nature of the trade and its social and environmental impacts. To address this, ADMCF is working work with an international network of investigative journalists to simultaneously investigate and report on wildlife trafficking networks focusing on the pangolin – from source countries in Asia and Africa, through importing countries such as Hong Kong to final destination countries such as China Vietnam and Taiwan. Such a coordinated approach is unique and aims to attain maximum global coverage, drawing attention to the pangolin crisis. If successful this approach could be adopted to address wildlife trafficking more broadly.
This Global Environmental Reporting Collective is composed of an international network of journalists to produce a first multimedia package of stories on the poaching, smuggling, and consumption of pangolins.
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 ...
Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Global, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Regional, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
2019: Year in Review
June 15, 2020
I am writing this amidst the current global public health crisis. We’ve shut down our economies and moved indoors in response. At ADMCF, we have been reflecting on what we can learn from this challenging moment and the role of ...
New Global Initiative to #EndWildlifeCrime
June 5, 2020
New Global Initiative to #EndWildlifeCrime by Addressing Gaps in International Law On June 5th, World Environment Day, ADM Capital Foundation, John Scanlon AO, former Secretary General of CITES, Born Free Foundation, the Food ...