Atlanta, Georgia – The US Customs and Border Patrol agents were busy over the Thanksgiving holiday in Atlanta. Working with their Beagle, Joey, they seized a number of illegal items passengers were trying to sneak into the country.
Among the items, including a whole roasted pig, fruit trees lacking USDA import tags, tulip bulbs, was a horse meat sausage. Where the passenger was flying from with the horse sausage was not released.
The products were seized and destroyed to prevent introduction of pest and animal diseases into the United States. “Our best defense against destructive pests and animal diseases is to prevent the entry of prohibited agriculture products they use as vectors from entering the United States,” Carey Davis Port Director for the Atlanta area told reporters. “One measure Customs and Border Protection employs to intercept prohibited agriculture products is the effective deployment of highly-trained K-9 units. These seizures at ATL illustrate the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States’ many agriculture industries.”
Horse meat is eaten in many countries around the world, but is taboo in the United States with several states outlawing the use of horse meat for human consumption.
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