Wednesday, May 6, 2009
More News You Can't Use.
I can't believe this story but then again it doesn't surprise me either.
A man was charged Tuesday with smuggling songbirds into the United States by hiding more than a dozen of them in his pants. This man was stopped after an inspector spotted bird feathers and droppings on his socks. YUCK!
Authorities linked this scheme to another man who was arrested after investigators searched his Orange County home and found 51 songbirds in an outdoor cage. Both men are charged with conspiracy in an eight-count indictment.
I guess these songbirds are in demand over here in the United States, a breeder can sell these songbirds for $400 when they usually sell for anywhere from $10 to $30 in Vietnam.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspectors were watching these men after one of the men abandoned a suitcase containing 18 birds at the Los Angeles airport in December. Five of those poor little songbirds unfortunately died !
Thank goodness these men were caught... because all we would need now is another pandemic (remember avian flu?) These birds are now in quarantine and could be donated to a zoo if they are healthy.
You have to wonder how many other beautiful songbirds have already found homes in some private aviary here and elsewhere in the world.
I am so angry about this obvious animal abuse, I can't even express it here. Hope these songbirds will sing again,and not fall victim to man's greed!