A British citizen has been caught with 23 kilograms (50lb) of antelope meat in his luggage on a night train at Brig, southern Switzerland. The undeclared meat, which was not frozen and was burnt, came from South Africa.This content was published on July 18, 2019 - 19:05
The 59-year-old man was on the night train from Venice to Paris on July 7, the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) said on Thursday. The end destination was London, where the meat was to be consumed.
The customs officers discovered the bushmeat in a suitcase, packed in portions. The FCA said consuming it would have posed a risk to the health of humans and also animals.
It is believed that about 30% of bushmeat comes from protected species, including antelopes as well as monkeys and pangolins. The man was reported to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office because he had violated CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
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