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.