Ö risk of introducing the bird flu into the U.S. poultry industry...
Nearly 30 finches found concealed in hair rollers inside manís luggage at JFK Airport
Molly Jirasek, Nexstar Media Wire
via KARK (AR) - Apr 1, 2021
NEW YORK (NewsNation Now) ó A man from Guyana did not make it past John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport Sunday after 29 live finches were found in his baggage. The birds were hidden inside some colorful hair rollers.
The 26-year-old was traveling from Georgetown, Guyana to New Jersey when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered the finches during a secondary baggage examination. In a news release, CBP said he was not criminally charged, but will have to pay a $300 civil penalty. He was put on a plane back to Guyana, Monday.
The finches were quarantined and put in the care of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.
The reason federal agencies take swift action in situations like this is because of the risk of introducing the bird flu into the U.S. poultry industry...