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Re: illegal fossil sales?

People did get killed smuggling reptiles out of Madagascar a few years
back. They were killed by police, not by the courts. The country has stiff
laws against smuggling and exportation. The down side is that it's natural
habitat is going away at an alarming rate. Many species will be distroyed
due to loss of habitat.The question, hotly debated, is, should protected
species be purchased from a black market when it is certain they will be
distroyed in their natural habitat? Anyway, yeah, it's conceivable that
death could be imposed by a court for selling fossils.


Stephen Faust                   smfaust@edisto.cofc.edu

On Wed, 8 Jul 1998, Derek Tearne wrote:

> At 14:47 +0000 6/7/98, Michael Schmidt wrote:
> >As a commercial fossil dealer I understand the regulations concerning the
> >sales of prohibited fossils to a better degree than most academics.
> >
> >To put it simply, China does a piss-poor job of protecting things.  Yes, it
> >is actually punishable by death to remove dino eggs out of China.  Does
> >that stop it from happening; no.
> Is it really true that the penalty for removing dinosaur eggs specifically,
> or any other fossil for that matter, really death?
> I find this somewhat hard to believe.  There are relatively few places in
> the world where the death penalty is still on the statute books and
> the crimes which attract this punishment are almost entirely crimes
> against other human beings causing major suffering or death.
> ---
> Derek Tearne.   ---   @URL Internet Consultants  ---  http://url.co.nz
> Some of the more environmentally aware dinosaurs were worried about the
> consequences of an accident with the new Iridium enriched fusion reactor.
> "If it goes off only the cockroaches and mammals will survive..." they said.