Customs to Deploy 60 Beagles to Sniff Out Smuggled Pork Products


Close-Up Of Beagle Dog

Close-Up Of Beagle Dog

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has revealed plans to deploy 60 beagles to sniff out travelers coming into the country with hidden pork products from regions experiencing African swine fever outbreaks. According to UPI, members of the agency’s “Beagle Brigade” will be using their keen sense of smell to track down products at international airports, ports and border crossings. "Beagles are cute and cuddly and not intimidating," Jessica Anderson, a CBP agricultural specialist canine handlers, says in a news release. The African swine virus is spreading quickly through China and other Asian countries, crippling their pork industries. It is deadly to pigs--but not transmittable to humans--and has no vaccine or treatment.

Source: UPI