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Tue Dec 21 21:52:25 MST 2004
On a separate note, no conservation organization cares enough to return
illegal humans who are imported or import themselves....
" WildAid Congratulates USFWS & Ice and Calls Upon Congress to Put More
Resources Into USFWS
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- International conservation
organization WildAid congratulates the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for capturing smugglers
trying to illegally import 150 Lilac Crowned and Mexican Redhead Amazon
parrots in San Diego earlier this year -- and returning the parrots to the
Mexican wildlife authorities today, the first step in returning them to
natural southern Mexican habitat.
"The illegal bird trade causes the death of hundreds of thousands of
birds, threatens some with extinction and poses a serious risk of disease to
U.S. agriculture to human health (e.g. Avian Influenza)," says Peter
Executive Director of WildAid.
According to the World Health Organization, the Avian Influenza H5N1
flu) virus is far more lethal than the SARS virus that struck Asia last
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