It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
(visit the link for the full news article)
NEW YORK – A federal judge in Brooklyn has rejected a Liberian woman's religious reasons for smuggling endangered monkey meat into the country.
U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled Wednesday that Mamie Manneh's faith didn't preclude her from applying for permits to import exotic food or explain why she misled officials.
Manneh was charged with smuggling the meat three years ago after customs agents seized a shipment of primate parts as it passed through Kennedy Airport on the way to her home in Staten Island.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
Yay all we need is some of those monkey parts to be infested with Ebola or some other nightmare pathogen and poof lots of dead people in NY. Terrorists will get blamed then we'll bomb and invade some country over an extremely stupid accident.
Agents later found 33 pieces of dried, smoked bushmeat in the garage of Ms. Manneh's Bement Avenue home.
The primate parts comprised green monkey and hamadryas baboon -- animals protected under the Convention on International Trade in the Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (C.I.T.E.S.), an international treaty among more than 170 countries. The aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
In addition, 17 members of the church Ms. Manneh attends in Stapleton, Christ Memorial Christian Church, signed an affidavit attesting to their practice of eating bushmeat.