Canine Officers: Protecting U.S. Agriculture One Sniff At A Time
This article was originally featured in the Summer 2019 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
Canines have a history and reputation for being man’s best friend. However, some may not realize that dogs can also become agriculture’s best protector.
Building on such history and reputation, the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) detector dogs are a primary benefactor for screening passengers and cargo to impede the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases from entering the United States. The ability to target and zero in on specific odors make the dogs priceless agents in detecting prohibited agricultural items that cannot be seen with the naked eye, or detected by a human’s sense of smell. When it comes to finding fruit, vegetables, plants, and meat products from high-risk countries...
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