Chinese Silkies seized at Dulles Airport

Photo by Dulles CBP/DHS

A passenger who flew into Washignton Dulles International Airport last month literally ran "afowl" of the law, customs officials say.

Customs and Border Protection authorities seized 20 small, raw chickens, known as Chinese Siklies, from the man on April 22 after a flight from Vietnam to Washington.

Officials say that the chickens, which seems to still be fully intact, ran the risk of spreading infectious disease, including avian flu.

"Highly pathogenic avian influenza and Exotic Newcastle diseases are serious threats, which, if introduced into the U.S., could adversely affect our nation's poultry industry and hurt our international trade," according to Christopher Hess, the port director for CBP in Washington.

The Chinese Silkies were taken from the man and burned.

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