ENDANGERED ANIMALS IS NUMBER ONE
The things people attempt to smuggle through customs is ludicrous. It’s illegal to smuggle, and it’s illegal to attempt to bring in an endangered animal. It was becoming very popular at one point to bring in miniature turtles, but some people are still doing it. They’re easy to smuggle because miniature turtles are, well…miniature. Unfortunately, some people think it’s not obvious to smuggle a large bear across the border through customs. So here are some of the strangest things people attempted to smuggled thru Heathrow Airport this past year in 2017. It’s a doozy.
LUDICROUS THINGS PEOPLE TRY TO SMUGGLE
It is very clear on the Heathrow website that animal products are not to go across the border. But people have been working hard to try and make that happen. Items people have tried to smuggle across are crocodile heads, monkey skulls and lots of taxidermy. Bears and wolves are also popular. People think perhaps that being obvious is the way to get away with smuggling. Hey Sheila, we went hunting while we were away, why don’t we take home the carcass of the bear we killed. You wear the head and I’ll wear the rest of the body. No one at customs will notice if we do it that way. But obviously, that is simply ludicrous.
DON’T SMUGGLE DRIED SEAHORSES THRU CUSTOMS
Many Chinese people use dried seahorses for traditional medicines. So you can bet your bottom dollar smugglers tried to get jars full of dried seahorses across the border. No one attempt to smuggle dried unicorns, but dried seahorses comes close on my offense-meter. A$$holes.
SNAKE WINE, BEAR BILE AND ANTELOPES TOO
Other endangered animals people try to sneak thru are the horn of a saiga antelope. The saiga antelope is a critically threatened species from Russia and Kazakhstan. Locals still use tiger bones as a wine and pain remedy in Asia. So add that to the list. Bear heads and bear bile, and a bottle of snake wine, which includes whole snake parts. And its blood. But what was the hottest item people tried to smuggle thru? That was red ant Viagra. Many people in Asia use Red Ant Viagra for sexual enrichment.
DON’T SMUGGLE CRITTERS, IT’S BAD FOR EVERYONE
The moral of the story is: don’t illegally transport animals, dead animals, dried animals, or endangered dry, dead or living animals. It’s ludicrous. And don’t stuff snakes down your pants. Well, maybe a boa. But no, not really.