Wildlife trafficking remains a serious transnational crime that threatens security, economic prosperity, the rule of law, long-standing conservation efforts, and human health. The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act directs the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, to submit to Congress an annual report that lists Focus Countries and Countries of Concern.
The 2019 END Act Report, delivered to Congress on November 6, 2019, included Hong Kong as a place of concern. We recognize that the Hong Kong Government has taken positive steps in recent years to address the problem of illegal wildlife trafficking, including passing the Endangered Species of Animals and Plants (Amendment) Bill in January 2018. In addition, the Customs and Excise Department and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department have made great strides to counter wildlife trafficking. Hong Kong’s inclusion in this report reflects that as one of the world’s largest trade and logistics hubs, Hong Kong can and should play an important role in ending illegal wildlife trafficking. We look forward to working with the Hong Kong government to identify more ways to help end the illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong.
The 2019 Focus Countries are Bangladesh, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, as well as the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The 2019 Countries of Concern are Madagascar, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Laos.
The 2019 END Act Report is available here.