Wildlife Trade Report
Public Survey on Wildlife Crime in Hong Kong
ADM Capital Foundation commissioned the Hong Kong Public Opinion Program to conduct a public opinion survey of Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong citizens aged 18 or above, to gauge people’s understanding and attitudes towards wildlife crime including current government policies and penalties.
Findings from the survey demonstrated that Hong Kong people, in general, have limited or unilateral understanding of wildlife crime, despite the significant role that Hong Kong plays on a global scale, as a wildlife trafficking hub. This suggests that there is insufficient education and information provided to the community on the issue. Combatting wildlife crime is important for a number of reasons. Not only is it a driver of wildlife extinctions globally, it involves a multitude of criminal activities, it results in loss of biodiversity, loss of government revenues as well as loss of human life and has been associated with the transference of zoonotic disease such as Ebola and SARS-CoV.