Leeds Bradford airport discover birds being smuggled into the UK
NewsMonday 27 May 2013
Usually smuggling is confined to drugs, tobacco, alcohol and in extreme cases weapons however nine birds were nearly smuggled into the UK from Pakistan. Thanks to the alert authorities at Leeds Bradford airport though they were seized.
The birds were said to be Grey Francolins which are birds that are often bred for fighting. These birds are native to South Asia and they were placed in small wooden boxes that were hidden inside the passenger's luggage.
There were two instances of smuggling in May. Both times the flights originally came from Islamabad in Pakistan. In total 9 birds were found on May 4th and May 11th. They were discovered as the luggage passed through the high-tech x ray machines.
Sam Bullimore who is with the border force agency said that "These were astonishing smuggling attempts, of a kind we have not seen before at Leeds Bradford.
"Our officers are trained to expect the unexpected, but were surprised when they realised just what the passengers were smuggling.
"It is vitally important that unregulated attempts to bring livestock into the UK are stopped - to protect the health of both animals and humans and to prevent animal cruelty."
Currently, Leeds City Council, were passed all the relevant information and are now investigating the incident.
It is not the first time birds have been smuggled. In 2011, a Dutch man was stopped at Rochambeau airport in Cayenne, French Guiana after he was moving uncomfortably. He had over a dozen hummingbirds in his underwear.