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Re: Tropical forest dreams and nightmares
From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2001.05.14 at 20:13:18(6445)|
Reggie, I don't think you could have said it better. Let it die, but don't
you dare collect it and try to save it. This is true the world over. Then
there is the new World Bank idea, don't you dare ship anything out, it
is your cultural heritage. Countries like Colombia, are now restricted
to no exportation because someone says what is there is only yours. How
short sided when they are destroying it all and it won't be theirs or anyones
in the future. I often wonder if those who promulgate ideas have ever looked
into what is or is it all hot air to make it look good? I don't know, but
don't let anyone tell you that it is wrong to save a plant anyless than
it is right to save an animal or a person!
At some point, we will have to come to accept we are all on this Earth
together and we will all survive together or fall separate.... Always choices.....
Just had to add my two cents,
I have tried to stay out
of this discussion, because I all too well know
what's happening in some
of these countries. But, Julius' telling comments:
"Cut and burn it all down,
but don't you DARE collect any of these doomed
plants/animals," says it
How very, very true. I have
seen tree ferns (CITES 1) being sprayed with
herbicides or hacked down
(and discarded) in some countries. I have also
seen whole forests destroyed
in Indonesia; and orchids and other high
epiphytes are doomed--they
lay baking in the scorching sun. But, is anyone
allowed to "rescue" these
plants? A resounding "NO."
Just my two cents.
South Miami, FL
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