Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Amanda Whitfort Discusses Wildlife Trafficking on Backchat (RTHK Radio 3)

"Wildlife Trafficking"
RTHK Radio 3
4 Feb 2019
Description: On Monday's Backchat, wildlife trafficking. Hong Kong Customs recently seized more than $60 million worth of elephant tusks and pangolin scales that arrived in a shipment from Africa, and over the years there have been seizures of illegal ivory and rhino horn by the authorities, that are believed to be for use in Chinese medicine or sculptures. After a record seizure in 2017 there were no prosecutions - authorities say there was insufficient evidence to support a reasonable prospect of conviction. Is Hong Kong becoming a wildlife trafficking hub, despite laws here? Should Hong Kong take it more seriously? What other measures could be done to combat wildlife trafficking?
     Amanda Whitfort: Hong Kong is not doing well in legislation framework to combat smuggling ... United Nations came to Hong Kong to evaluate but the government refused to do so ... Chinese medicine practices on rhino-horns .... education is needed... Click here to listen to the full programme.

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