Hong Kong customs seize record haul of pangolin scales

Hong Kong customs seize record haul of pangolin scales

Hong Kong customs busted a smuggling operation involving endangered species from Africa. The customs seized a record quantity of pangolin scales along with more than 1,000 ivory tusks. The seized goods equate to around 500 elephants and up to 13,000 pangolins, and is estimated at nearly $7.90 million. Two people had been arrested in connection with the case.

BlunderingFool 1 year

Well that’s horrifying. Pangos are the most adorable of little land dragons. D=

Der Rikmeister
Der Rikmeister 1 year

I wonder what Pangolin scales are used for in alternative medicine. Anyone know? (Of course, you could say anything (Eczema!) and it would probably be convincing for the right audience.)

Jonh Gonzalez
Jonh Gonzalez 1 year

LMAO what's with the first?

Bears Bears Bears
Bears Bears Bears 1 year

  The scales have medicinal value. Fresh scales are never used, but dried scales are roasted, ashed, cooked in oil, butter, vinegar, boy's urine, or roasted with earth or oyster-shells, to cure a variety of ills. Amongst these are excessive nervousness and hysterical crying in children, women possessed by devils and ogres, malarial fever and deafness.  who knew?

(Un)Fortunate Son
(Un)Fortunate Son 1 year

This is China we’re talking about... probably being used to either make a purse or to be used in traditional alt. Medicine.

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