- Aug 16, 2002
Thanks for the kudos WayneT and as for CITES, that is a good idea since the importation is the beginning of the problem, but there is a good chance that it not only would really make some angry but it could have other reprecussions as well that one would not at first consider...WayneT said:Now...there is another thing I've considered while reading this discussion. It's a more radical approach, and may inflame some, but it's not meant to. What about petitioning CITES to place the G. rosea's on the protected species list?
At the lowest end of it you have the poor native folks who are making a meager income from collecting, or at least, I assume that they are collected by natives who get paid some pathetically low price for them by an exporter. If I am wrong on this someone please correct me. So, there is one bit of damage that could be done. Perhaps if natives could be taught better collecting, handling and management methods AND get paid enough to make it worth their while, it could be turned into something good for them AND the T's, just like has been done with teaching the native peoples of various countries how to farm exotic butterflies or manage rainforest crops.
Then there is always the "shot gun" effect - if we push for a CITES ban on g.rosea, it might draw enough attention that some of the crazed groups would jump on the band wagon and try to get ALL tarantula importation stopped. So there is damage possibility number two. I've yet to find a way to put a leash on a rabid PETA member or an exotic pets hater, let alone a government official who can't tell the difference between a g.rosea and a house spider.
All that said though, I still think banning import would be the best way to stop the abuse. I think there is a good chance that it may happen soon even without our help. This years crop of imports (at least the one's that I've seen) have been much smaller than previous years, some of them down right tiny. With the slow growth rate of g.rosea I'd say that we are beginning to see the effects of over harvesting.
I'd also like to add to your plea for a rich land owner, or even one of those multi million dollar lottery winners out there - a couple hundred thousand would make this project a reality really fast