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Six Live Birds Seized at El Paso Port of Entry

Release Date: 
December 5, 2012

El Paso, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Ysleta international crossing at the El Paso port of entry seized six live birds Monday. The animals included four hens, one rooster and one parakeet.

The seized animals in Ysleta included four hens, one rooster and one parakeet.

The seized animals in Ysleta included four hens, one rooster and one parakeet.

"The importation of live birds is closely regulated because of the potential for the introduction of disease," said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Port Director.

The seizure was made just after 9:00 p.m. Monday night when a 2002 Ford pickup with two occupants arrived from Mexico. The passenger told CBP officers that the vehicle contained live birds. CBP officers inspected the vehicle and found a live rooster in one box, a box containing four live hens and another containing a live parakeet. The live birds were secured. The driver told CBP that they were attempting to travel to Mexico but were returned to the U.S. because of paperwork issues. The couple abandoned the birds at the port and continued their journey. The birds were turned over to USDA Veterinary Services for final disposition.

"In this case the traveler did the right thing by declaring the birds to CBP upon arrival," said Mancha. "Because we could not confirm that the birds originated in the U.S. we had to assume they came directly from Mexico and needed to follow our existing procedures for bird imports."

While anti- terrorism is the primary mission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the inspection process at the ports of entry associated with this mission results in impressive numbers of enforcement actions in all categories.

For more information on CBP please tune in to AM radio 530 (Ysleta/Zaragosa area) or AM Radio 1620 (Bridge of the Americas/Paso Del Norte area). These low power radio stations continuously broadcast CBP related border crossing information in English and Spanish.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017