According to a report by Customs and Border Protection, a woman was stopped by security agents at Washington Dulles International Airport for attempting to carry giraffe and zebra bones back to the US from Kenya.
The woman, who has not been named because she has not been prosecuted legally, first claimed to only have a little Acacia tree twig with her when she arrived at the airport on November 17. The little twig was okay to transport back to the United States, but CBP agriculture specialists discovered the animal bones while x-raying her bag during a secondary inspection.
The woman is alleged of telling the authorities that she discovered the animal bones in Kenya and intended to bring them back to the United States as souvenirs.
Inspections by the Fish and Wildlife Service found that the Lacey Act, which prohibits the trade in wildlife and plants, as well as other prohibitions, is broken by the importation of giraffe and zebra bones. According to CBP, Certain animal remains and plants could introduce diseases to the U.S. According to Christopher Brewer, a CBP official told that security personnel have seized everything from charred bat meat to iguana eggs in a stew.
During a typical day last year, CBP agriculture specialists across the nation seized 4,552 prohibited plant, meat, animal byproducts, and soil, and intercepted 319 insect pests at U.S. ports of entry.