Blogging About Critters Since 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

"Bush" Meat Case in the US

I'd never heard about this, but a woman in NY is on trial for trying to smuggle in meat from monkeys and other animals.

They're trying to claim ignorance, but I have my doubts.

The case dates to early 2006, when federal inspectors at JFK Airport examined a shipment of 12 cardboard boxes from Guinea.

They were addressed to Manneh and, according to a flight manifest, contained African dresses and smoked fish with a value of $780.

Instead, stashed underneath the smoked fish, the inspectors found what West Africans refer to as bushmeat: "skulls, limbs and torsos of non-human primate species" plus the hoof and leg of a small antelope, according to court papers.

Three days later, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents were at Manneh's door, where she told them she ran a smoked fish importing business.

According to the agents, she initially denied ordering any bushmeat from Africa or ever eating it while in the United States.

But after she consented to a search, the agents came across a tiny, hairy arm hidden in her garage.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yech indeed. Check out the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force's website for more information at

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