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ghosttruck

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A passenger who arrived in New York City on a flight from Guyana had 70 live birds hidden in a piece of luggage, according to federal agents.

The smuggling attempt was thwarted Saturday when U. S. Customs and Border Protection agents inspected a black duffel bag being carried by a traveler who flew from Georgetown to John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The traveler, a Guyanese citizen, was not arrested. Instead, he was not allowed entry into the U.S. and was returned to his home country.

Agents found the finches stuffed inside individual plastic hair curlers. The birds are often used in “singing contests” popular among Caribbean immigrants. The smuggling of finches from Guyana has previously resulted in the arrest of multiple travelers.

The seized finches were quarantined and subsequently turned over to Department of Agriculture officials.


http://www.thesmokinggun.com/buster/finches/bird-smuggle-thwarted-496015
 

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Old Man Metal

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The traveler, a Guyanese citizen, was not arrested. Instead, he was not allowed entry into the U.S. and was returned to his home country.
Good. No reason for us to pay for that shit.
 

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Muriel Schwenck

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They usually get destroyed by the government don't they once they are seized?
Im sure it's necessary. Like i mentioned in other stories, i think the press release and the news reports are giving short shrift to the real crime against the animals, which is that the "rescued" animal usually dies.
The real crime is that someone put the animal in harm's way, not that the animal was later died as a result of the original crime. Either from injuries or quarantee problems. News needs to push the death rate more than that first few hours of rescue
How many birdies are successfully smuggled and how many die in transit? What % of illegally smuggled birds surviving the trip is considered successful? 80% 50% ? 25%?
 
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Brillig

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Poor little peepers. I'm sad they will kill them. :sorry:
 
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Alf

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It's a lot closer to 20% than 80. Feeding the trade for pet birds with wild-caught birds is ruinous.

--Al
 

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