Where the wild things are/are not.
February 24, 2009 1:03 PM Subscribe
posted by mightshould (9 comments total)
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Poaching – not pears, not birds, but plants. In the feed-me-Seymour vein of green and growing things, these are the plants that eat things
– too bad they aren’t able to defend themselves from people and habitat loss. But wait! There’s help on the way.
A notice calling for people to volunteer to replant poached Venus Fly Traps
grabs your attention. Seems there are folks who are in charge of looking after the little creatures and their habitat: “Plants are a challenge because they don’t have big brown eyes and fur,”
said Tom Chisdock, when discussing public perception of the plant’s protected status.
When a species is being threatened not only because of habitat loss but also because it’s easy pickings
, and when the fine is $35 per event (not per plant) it’s pretty hard to deter the poachers. For legitimate resale, the plants are cultivated in greenhouses; however they aren’t fond of captivity and are difficult for the home grower to keep alive.
And, what if the folks collecting the plants are semi-official? Alert advocates help. A conversation on a carnivorous plant message board went all out in identifying a situation where an aquarium was collect/poach/harvesting the plants. A discussion
ensued and the response was an open letter reply by the director of Husbandry: “When we have ventured into the field, our practices have been consistent with ICPS policy regarding collection.”
Yeah, they do it, but it’s OK because they are doing it within guidelines.