Piranhas are illegal in 25 states in the U.S. It’s been banned in New York City (NYC) from 2011. But lately, it’s been reported that a tropical fish salesman smuggled around 40,000 Piranhas into NYC in 2011 and 2012!
Piranhas are like regular fish with large teeth. They are considered “extremely aggressive.” They have a reputation as ferocious predators that hunt their prey in schools. Some people say that they are the most ferocious fish in the world. Doesn’t matter how this fish tastes, it is banned in the U.S since 2011. But National Geographic has reported that 66-year-old tropical fish salesman named Joel Rakower in Queens smuggled a total number of 39,548 Piranhas in NYC from Hong Kong in 2011 and 2012.
A few days ago, the Justice Department of U.S announced that they have arrested Rakower. Rakower has admitted his guilt and he said that he used to sell each Piranha for $1. However, it’s been estimated that he is supposed to be fined over $70,000 for his vile crime. He will face a federal court on April 24 in Brooklyn.
Source: National Geographic