It was never going to end well for those critters. You can eat escargot, scungilli, or go dong in L.A., but land snails from Nigeria—including the 67 Chihuahua-size ones that were discovered in an air cargo shipment labeled for human consumption—are off-limits. Customs officials passed those Archachatina marginata on to the USDA. Fearing the creatures could eat “stucco off of houses,” the agency ordered death by incineration.
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