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RE: News from the Jungle

  • Subject: RE: News from the Jungle
  • From: Phil Bunch <pbunch@cts.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 May 2001 21:30:04 -0500 (CDT)

This is true!  And if you think that at least some USFWS agents will not at least threaten you with the Lacey Act think again.

Phil Bunch
Lemon Grove, California
32:44:00N 117:01:58W
540 feet (164 meters) amsl
USDA Zone 10a
Sunset Zone 23

On Friday, May 11, 2001 13:51, Lewandjim@aol.com [SMTP:Lewandjim@aol.com] wrote:
> In a message dated 05/11/2001 2:44:33 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
> edggon@hotmail.com writes:
> <<  Ron... In some places (including Brazil), sending living plants without 
>  the almost-impossible-to-have permits is now considered a crime, and people 
>  can be arrested for it. After March this year things have become dangerous 
>  around here. I has heard that things are now the same in Colombia. As an 
>  active plant collector (I also have a compreensive collection of some 
>  genera) I am not happy with this. I only want to make you know that the 
>  danger sometimes is not in the jungle... It is at the luggage inspection at 
>  the airports! Keep you eyes opened!!! >>
> Dear Eduardo, Ron, et al.,
> This list is an international assemblage but I wanted to add to what Eduardo 
> said above for the benefit of US citizens. Under a very broad-based Lacey Act 
> if you collect plants illegally in a foreign jurisdiction and return with 
> them, you have committed a criminal act in the US as well. The penalties are 
> fearsome both economically and in jail time.
> You are at risk of apprehension at both the departure and arrival airport!
>     Jim Langhammer

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