Friday, 22 August 2008 5:00 AM

Butterfly Trade From Solomons

Once again we see the continued exploitation of wild species in the Solomon Islands. The dolphin captures continue with no oversight of the Solomon Govt. which is deplorable. The CITES designation has done nothing to protect dolphins in the Solomon Islands as captures and planned exports continue.

Other species such as lorikeets, butterflies and other exotics are at risk to wildlife traders for huge profits. It should be noted that the international trade in wildlife is only second to the illicit drug trade worldwide. it is time for the protection of species in their native habitats

so that they remain where they belong, not traded away to distant lands for the sake of the almighty dollar.

Sincerely,

Mark Berman
Earth Island Institute
San Francisco, CA USA

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this letter/article are those of Mark Berman and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solomon Times Online.

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