Re: Re: Plant Smuggling

dave evans (T442119@RUTADMIN.RUTGERS.EDU)
Fri, 14 Apr 95 23:45 EDT

> While understanding that laws have been broken and certainly not condoning
> the actions of the over-zealous collectors, I find it ironic that in my
> State, a man involved in the murder of a British Tourist was given 50 hours
> of community service. Contrast this with a possible two year jail term for
> smuggling plants that are being wiped out by massive habitat destruction
> (fires, logging, development).
> I believe that it is the hope of all interested in conservation that a revue
> of the laws concerning collection and importation would make it easier to
> legally get rare species into cultivation before they are gone. Over
> collecting, legal or otherwise, does take its toll but the destruction of
> habitat and the ensuing extinction of life would seem to be a more noteworthy
> crime.
> Cliff

Yes it certainly is. I, however, don't really is how this might be
stopped. Humanity is a species with no enemies (= no population
control). So unless the world starts population controls we will
soon have pushed everything out of our way. This is really sad,
but what's to be done?

Dave Evans