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#1 Hum

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 15:29

Hong Kong customs authorities investigating a shipment from Thailand marked as fruit were shocked to discover the consignment instead contained 2,600 live snakes, officials said Friday.

Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday, a government spokeswoman said, just days before the start of the Year of the Snake in the Chinese horoscope.

The intended fate of the snakes was not known but both species are used in southern Chinese cuisine. Snake is considered a delicacy, often served as a soup, and is believed to improve blood circulation and ward off illness.

Under Hong Kong law, anyone found guilty of smuggling cargo into the city faces imprisonment of up to seven years and a maximum fine of HK$2 million (US$250,000).

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 15:31

at least Indiana Jones does not work there.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 15:32

Rats... Why'd it have to be rats..

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 14:36

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Customs intercepted the air cargo shipment of 2,400 common rat snakes and 200 cobras on Tuesday and returned them on Thursday,....
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SNAKES ON A PLANE!!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 15:16

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 16:24

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.


I know :( they are so cute and cuddly why would anyone eat them :( i love my snakes they cuddle me <3

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 16:32

Happy Year of the Snake!

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 16:39

i love my snakes they cuddle me <3


I love how the bigger snakes cuddle your neck real close :)

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 16:43



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:06

Anything but a snake. I hate snakes.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:14

so why not some U.S cities that plaqued by snakes, export their snakes to china ?

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:17

^ That might be a good way to lower our USA debt. :p

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:31

I don't care if snakes were the last meat on Earth -- I still wouldn't eat them.


Snake meat is actually rather tasty, a similar texture to chicken breasts or especially frog legs (which we're having for dinner tomorrow.)

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:32

Snake meat is actually rather tasty, a similar texture to chicken breasts or especially frog legs (which we're having for dinner tomorrow.)


Can't say I've ever had frogs legs, actually I can! :) But yes, snake meat is rather tasty and Hum, I'm fairly certain that if the choice was starvation or life, well you know what I mean.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:37

Frog legas are great, you should try them sometime. We can either spear our own in the summer or get them at most major markets like Krogers etc. in the seafood dept.