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Thursday
Jan102008

Stiff sentences for pangolin smugglers

Two members of a pangolin smuggling gang have been sentenced to death, suspended for two years, and three others jailed for life in China, reports Reuters

China comes down hard on pangolin smugglers
Reuters
10 January 2008


 BEIJING (Reuters) - Two men in China's southeastern city of Xiamen have been given suspended death sentences for smuggling pangolins and other exotic animals into the country, state media reported on Thursday.

Pangolins, nocturnal scaly anteaters which spend most of their days curled up in a ball asleep, are in great demand in China where their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales believed to hold medicinal properties.

From October 2005 to April 2006, a gang smuggled 17 containers of pangolin meat and scales worth 23.4 million yuan ($3.2 million) into China, Xinhua news agency said.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUKPEK19856420080110

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