FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - BRAMPTON, ON (March 26, 2015) – On February 19, 2015, Vishnu Narine, of Brampton, Ontario, pled guilty to one count of causing distress to an animal following an incident at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.
On October 10, 2014, the Ontario SPCA was notified by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) after a total of 19 coloured songbirds were discovered on Mr. Narine's person in hidden compartments, during a routine passenger screening.
It was found that Mr. Narine inserted 19 songbirds inside modified, plastic hair-curling tubes that were taped together. The plastic tubes were then placed inside hidden pockets that were stitched into the interior of a jacket that was worn by Mr. Narine.
CBSA officers removed the birds and placed them in appropriate cages with food and water, and then contacted the Ontario SPCA. All of the birds were inspected and found to be well.
The jacket and plastic tubes were seized and the birds were returned to the CBSA. Orders were issued to Mr. Narine to ensure the appropriate standards of care would be followed.
"The method and manner in which these birds were being transported is not only inappropriate for air travel requirements, but it subjects the birds to unnecessary hardship, thereby causing distress," said Allison Green, Regional Inspector. "When transporting animals of any type it is important to ensure it is being done in accordance with the law and the requirements of the CBSA."
Mr. Narine was sentenced and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $400.
Inspector Brad Dewar
Investigation & Communications Officer
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office
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