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  RE: A Different Perspective
From: Phil Bunch pbunch at cts.com> on 2001.07.28 at 14:49:52(7179)
I personally support the CITES treaty and it's enforcement. I also work as
a consulting biologist to a utility company and manage the day-to-day
implementation of an endangered species/habitat conservation agreement with
both the state and federal government (U.S.). I deal with this problem
everyday and am constantly in between powerful interests. At times NO one
likes what I say or do as part of my responsibilities. This is may be why
my post appears to argue both sides of the issue. The realities of the
problem are indeed painted in shades of gray. Effective solutions are
rarely within the province of ideologues on either side.

I have a rather pessimistic view of our real capacity to stem the tide of
extirpation before we realize what we have lost. This is based on
personal/professional involvement with environmental issues in Colombia and
Mexico as much as my current job. Development is going to occur and with
it, much additional habitat will be lost. There is no clean solution to the
active interface between human needs/desires and habitat destruction. We
are a short-sighted species with a great capacity to invent and an
inability to see the long-term consequences of the implementation of our
creative ideas.

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