A Hong Kong court has handed down the city’s harshest penalty yet for smuggling pangolin scales, sentencing two mainland men to 21 and 27 months for trafficking 100kg of the scales. The outer layer of the critically endangered animal is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine.
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Two mainland Chinese men given 21 and 27 months in jail for trafficking in the critically endangered animal. They were found at the airport with 100kg of scales worth an estimated HK$400,000.

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