Customs officials in Kuwait caught a carrier pigeon with a tiny backpack filled with party drugs. Although drug trafficking using carrier pigeons is not a surprise to them, it was the first time they caught one in the act. Read the full article on BBC.
A Carrier Pigeon With Drugs Apprehended in Kuwait
A total of 178 pills were found in the fabric pocket attached to its back, the newspaper says. The bird was caught near the customs building in Abdali, close to the border with Iraq.
A journalist from a local newspaper al-Rai told BBC that the drugs found were a type of ketamine, that is an anaesthetic and an illegal party drug. BBC also sited a couple more instances of illegal carrier pigeon service:
In 2015, prison guards in Costa Rica caught a pigeon carrying cocaine and cannabis in a zipped pouch. And in 2011, Colombian police discovered a pigeon that was unable to fly over a high prison wall because of the weight of a package of cocaine and marijuana strapped to it.
Carrier Pigeon Facts
A carrier pigeon is able to travel long distances and carry messages with them thus, the name. With their homing ability, they usually manage to go back to their nest. Although not conclusive yet, an article from the National Geographic quoted a geophysicist who said that pigeons use low-frequency sound waves to get home:
“They’re using sound to image the terrain [surrounding] their loft,” he said. “It’s like us visually recognizing our house using our eyes.” Read more from NatGeo here.
Moreover, history shows that pigeon post is not something new. In fact, it goes even way before the invention of stamps and mail delivery:
The first message-bearing pigeon was loosed by Noah. The ancient Romans used pigeons for chariot races, to tell owners how their entries had placed. Genghis Khan established pigeon relay posts across and Asia and much of Eastern Europe… But it was in the Siege of Paris in 1870 that the carrier pigeon won its wings. Here’s the full article from the New York Times.
Animals for Drug Trafficking
Animal exploitation doesn’t only happen in circuses where they chain and oblige the animals to perform. Now, drug cartels are using pigeons to move drugs. As airport securities become more vigilant, it makes it harder for dealers to use people as drug mules so, they turn to animals.
Besides carrier pigeons, they are using dogs too. For instance, back in 2013, South American youth gangsters tried to smuggle drugs to Europe by forcing 48 dogs to swallow packets of drugs. And, not too long ago, police apprehended a dog in New York carrying $1 Million worth of cocaine.
Wonder how to train a carrier pigeon? Watch this video from Sky Watcher on how to home pigeons:
Our superiority over animals doesn’t give us the right to abuse or exploit them for our unlawful activities. Even our pets have a life and purpose of their own. They may be able to serve us as we train them to do so, but their service should always be for the good.
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