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  Re: Tropical forest dreams and nightmares
From: Cgdz33a at aol.com on 2001.05.14 at 23:53:57(6449)
While "saving" individual plants from destruction it does have a very serious
impact in some circumstances. There have been instances on Long Island where
developments have gone forward on sites with rare organisms (in this case
salamanders) because of wonderful scientists ability to collect and "save"
them. There are surely better examples than this on but it is an issue.
Congressman Don Young of Alaska (R), tried in 1997, 1998, and 2000, to amend
the Endangered Species act to essentially allow destruction of areas
protected by the act if these rare plants and animals could be kept in
botanic gardens and zoos. As absurd as that sounds, it will become a more
common belief worldwide, and the public just might buy it!

Eric C Morgan

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