67 African Snails Confiscated at LAX Airport and Deliciousness is Wasted
Earlier this month, 67 live snails were found in a picnic basket at Los Angeles International Airport. They were brought from Lagos, Nigeria and were headed to be eaten by someone who appreciates their deliciousness. But they were seized by Customs, because you aren’t supposed to be bringing in wildlife and vegetation from elsewhere. And snails in particular are said to harbor parasites that can be harmful to humans. According to the LA Times, they weighed 35 pounds collectively.
When the snails were confiscated, they were incinerated.
If you need me, I’ll be over here biting my fists and WEEPING cuz I DON DIE!
I understand the rules and why these were taken but I am upset at the wasted yumminess. WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN??? 67 snails don waste. See my life.
I’m just thinking of all the igbin (snail in yoruba) suya that could have come from this. Can you just imagine them fried and covered in hot peppers and onions? My mouth waters just thinking about it.
Every Nigerian I know is currently upset at this. We’re not mad at Customs. They did what they had to do. But who is the bombastic bastard that thought it was a good idea to bring LIVE snails on the plane and then thought he was gonna get them through Customs? What supersonic IJOT believed he could get away with this nonsense?
iSweaterGAWD my Nigerian people try it sometimes. Why didn’t he at least have them killed, freeze them and then try? I mean, I’m not saying he should have done that because that might also be illegal. SHARRAP I’M JUST SAYING! At least that’s better than trying to bring snails that are breathing and living across continental lines? He is a ginormous vagabond.
This fool put them in a picnic basket. A GAHTDAMB PICNIC BASKET! He must not have wanted to have nice things. That is dumb as hell. As slimy as live snails are. How did this not leak all over his luggage? He is a belligerent dummy. Seriously.
YEAH I’M MAD. Do you know how good snails be when cooked just right?? When I was in Nigeria in February, I had this BOMB snail and plantains dish.
I mourn what could have been. Proper snails like this. And then when they’re fried well, the crunch they make. My taste buds suffer. Precious igbin. It’s ok. We shall overcome. But fellow Naija people, please talk to your cousins and tell them to do better. Y’all feel my pain.
P.S. For those of you who don’t appreciate the deliciousness that is snails, please refrain from commenting here to let us know how much you hate them. Because we don’t care.