A man was busted at JFK airport located in New York recently while trying to smuggle a bunch of South American finches into the United States. Finches is a specie of bird that Guyanese migrants wants for chirping but officers show concern that it could propagate disease.
Approximately 70 finches were discovered concealed inside a cargo of hair rollers at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture professional checked out the unknown male passenger’s baggage. A few of the birds had passed away on the journey.
Anthony Bucci, the spokesperson of the Customs have stated that the birds may have been meant to be sold to Guyanese immigrants for a match that concerns wagering on how frequently the finches chirp every minute.
“They may ultimately wind up as a pet, but within the Guyanese community that is the primary purpose.”
Bucci further stated that:
The traveler was not accepted into the United States and was returned to Guyana.
The finches were delivered to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services and was subsequently put off by the agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Images on the CBP’s Twitter account revealed the birds compressed into hair rollers.
The birds can pass on viruses such as avian influenza, normally referred to as bird flu. A 2015 bird flu epidemic lead in the quarantine and putting off of 50 million commercial turkeys and chickens which resulted to $850 million worth of damage.