“The bottom line is these activities boil down to money,” David Pharo, resident agent in charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Office of Law Enforcement, said in a statement. “They’re making money from illegally trapping and trafficking these [birds]. These people are having real impacts on the resources [in the wild].”
Luckily, most of these finches arrived in New York unscathed — and they are currently under quarantine with the United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.