Duck Blood And Crocodile Heads Unwelcome In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Duck Blood And Crocodile Heads Unwelcome In Iceland

Published March 19, 2015

Photo by
Tollur.is

If you were considering trying to bring a dried crocodile head to Iceland, we have some bad news for you.

Iceland’s Customs Authority announced that a litre and a half of duck blood, a dried crocodile head (seen above), and raw eggs are amongst the items people have attempted to bring into the country. All of these items were seized, however, as it is expressly forbidden by law to bring in perishable animal parts to Iceland.

While the dried crocodile head is naturally preserved, it falls under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Agreement, part of which prohibits the traffic and trade of endangered species, in whole or in part.

The person who attempted to bring in this particular dried crocodile head from Thailand had also presented a falsified CITES licence for importing it. Customs officials warn that any plants or animals, be they alive or dead, which are on the list of endangered species will not be permitted entry in Iceland.

Customs officials add the caveat that the duck blood was intended to be used to make soup.

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