Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Amanda Whitfort and Wildlife Crimes Featured in Tatler's Inaugural Philanthropy Magazine

"Stopping the Traffic", published in Tatler's inaugural Philanthropy magazine, is being distributed in the December issue.
    Hong Kong Tatler's inaugural Philanthropy features a story focusing on activists seeking to tackle illegal wildlife trade into and through Hong Kong. One of the activists featured is HKU Law's Amanda Whitfort, who is part of a Wildlife Trade Working Group, comprised of scientists, lawyers, and NGOs, which was set up by ADM Capital Foundation in 2015 to share expertise and strategy on reducing Hong Kong's role as a hub for wildlife trafficking in Asia. 
    A research grant, funded by the Research Grants Council, which was awarded to Whitfort and Dr Fiona Woodhouse of the SPCA in 2016, has enabled them to prepare a public report on how Hong Kong's laws can be improved to thwart trade in the region. Interpol and UNODC regard international trafficking of endangered species as a form of organised and serious crime.  The new report will recommend wildlife crime be included in Schedule 1 to Hong Kong's Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance, Cap 455. The full report is near completion and will be released through by HKU Law, in early 2019.​

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