US Customs: Please stop putting cow dung in your luggage

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • An Air India airlines passenger left a suitcase behind with two cow dung cakes at Washington Dulles International Airport.
  • US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials sounded the alarm, as the unusual contents carry risk of foot-and-mouth-disease.
  • Cows are thought to be sacred in Hindu culture.

Holy cow?

The bovine animal is considered sacred by Hindus. Many think cow waste is ripe with benefits, partially because ministers have supported these claims by saying that cow milk is yellow because it contains gold or that drinking a cow’s urine cured their cancer.

One Air India airlines passenger must have believed that it also brings luck to flights.

Earlier this year, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials found a suitcase left behind with two cow dung cakes at Washington Dulles International Airport. The CBP officials weren’t thrilled with their findings, as they carry the risk of disease. The US Department of Agriculture classifies foot-and-mouth disease as a “worldwide concern” since it can spread rapidly. 

“Foot and Mouth Disease is one of the animal diseases that livestock owners dread most, has grave economic consequences, and it is a critical threat focus of Customs and Border Protection’s agriculture protection mission,” said Keith Fleming, acting director of field operations for CBP’s Baltimore Field Office in a press release. “CBP’s agriculture specialists are our nation’s frontline protectors of vital agricultural and natural resources that help keep our nation’s economy strong and robust.”

Officials said they destroyed the surprise contents. It wasn’t clear why the passenger brought the contents abroad.

Source: Vice

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