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MONKEY MEAT Confiscated At D.C. Airport!

Von: Amelita (clitteigh@yahoo.com) [Profil]
Datum: 09.12.2008 21:36
Message-ID: <7698c18c-5ad1-473c-8776-aabc0bc5c6ff@q36g2000vbn.googlegroups.com>
Newsgroup: alt.true-crime alt.animals
No, no.

It's not Jesse Jackson's dick!


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"Monkey Meat Is Confiscated at Dulles"


By Jonathan Mummolo
The Washington Post
Originally published at 5:00 p.m., December 8, 2008
Updated at 9:35 p.m., December 8, 2008


Customs officials searching the bags of an African man who flew into
Dulles International Airport on Friday discovered three charred
monkeys in his luggage, as well as deer meat and dried beef, U.S.
Customs and Border Protection officials said yesterday.

The man was traveling from Bangui in Central African Republic, a
small country north of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He
admitted he
was carrying the meat, a common food in parts of Africa, after a
trained dog alerted authorities to the man's bag, customs spokesman
Steve Sapp said.

The monkey carcasses, inadmissible under U.S. law, were confiscated
and are being inspected by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention; monkeys can easily introduce infectious diseases to
humans, Sapp said. The other meat was destroyed, and the man was
allowed to enter the country without penalty, Sapp said.

Foreigners visiting the United States sometimes try to bring with
them exotic foods that are part of their native cuisines, especially
around the holidays. But this was "a first for many of us," Sapp said.

Primates are a common food source in the Central African region, said
Heather E. Eves, director of the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, a
nonprofit that researches the trade in African "bushmeat," the flesh
of wild animals. Eves said that the monkeys' charred appearance comes
from the animals' being smoked and that the meat is typically used to
make stew.

Primates are also known to carry diseases such as monkeypox, HIV/AIDS
and Ebola, she said.

The traveler was not identified because he was not arrested, Sapp
said. Foreigners who attempt to conceal agricultural products from
customs officials can face fines, usually about $300, Sapp said.

"If they're not trying to hide anything from us, they're not being
combative . . . we let them go on their way," Sapp said.

[LoudounExtra.com]

http://loudounextra.washingtonpost.com/news/2008/dec/08/3-charred-mon...




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