The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images
The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images
Conservation

Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis, as hub of illegal wildlife trade, and the legal amendment that could change that

  • The scales and carcasses of tens of thousands of pangolins are shipped illegally through Hong Kong every year
  • Existing laws do little to stem this trade, but a proposed law change to treat wildlife smuggling as organised crime could make a big difference

Topic |   Conservation
The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images
The plight of the pangolin, the world’s most trafficked mammal, is emblematic of Hong Kong’s leading role in the global extinction crisis as a hub of the illegal wildlife trade. Photo: Paul Hilton/Earth Tree Images
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