Smuggled Birds of Aleppo

    • The smuggling of endangered wildlife, both dead and alive, is a billion-dollar global business, second only in size to the illegal arms and drug trades.
    • Many people in the Middle East love pigeons – it’s a passion that can dissolve all religious and national divisions.
    • Some of the finest birds were bred in Syria until the civil war intervened.
    • Now Syrian birds are being smuggled to Lebanon, across front lines and through areas controlled by the Hezbollah militia.