You can be fined for the activity 27th October 2010: Travelling to the UK? Remember not to carry live animals, endangered species of plants and animals, including souvenirs made from endangered species, and articles made from fur skin. You can be fined for the activity, the UK Border Agency has warned.
The warning came after five live crabs were discovered in a suitcase, when UKBA officers stopped and searched the luggage of a Chinese woman in Belfast.
UKBA assistant director for Northern Ireland Maggie Eyden said: ‘Certain goods are restricted or banned completely from entering the UK, even if you are travelling from within the European Union.
‘These include live animals, endangered species of plants and animals, including souvenirs made from endangered species, certain fur skins and articles made from fur skin.
‘Travellers should be aware that if such items are found by our officers they will be seized and people could face substantial fines.’
The UKBA added: `The crabs, which were in a very poor state of health, had been individually wrapped in tea towels and black bin bags before being concealed amongst personal items in a suitcase. The luggage was placed in the hold of the aircraft for the duration of the flight from China to Belfast International Airport.
`The crabs were handed over to an official from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) but sadly they could not be saved.
`The UK Border Agency work closely with Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland to tackle the illegal imports of prohibited and restricted animal products.
Lindsay Best from DARD added: ‘While the detection of illegal food and plant imports into Northern Ireland remains the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), a close working relationship exists between DARD Portal Inspectors and the UK Border Agency’.