NEW YORK – authorities at the U.s. John F. Kennedy International Airport sitting in their stomach with the large-scale smuggling of zangvogeltjes. That check, are used in singing contests, reported The New York Times.
In these tubes were birds encountered at the airport in New York.
“People are placing bets on how often the tick will cvrkutala in a minute of time, which bird is the most kwettert,” explains a spokesperson of the customs. A successful wedstrijdvogel can $ 10,000 (around 8800 euro). That makes the smuggling of the animals a lucrative business.
The customs has already this year certainly 184 small finches were seized at the airport in New York. Smugglers try the birds in socks and the cardboard tubes from rolls of toilet paper into the country. Sometimes the animals prior to the journey to rest with alcohol.
The authorities found on Saturday the seventy of finches in the luggage of a man from Guyana. He had his living cargo in plastic haarrollers clogged. That captured birds are placed in quarantine. The authorities fear the spread of diseases, such as avian flu.