Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pharmaceutical researcher fined big bucks for smuggling orchids

The UK Life Style Extra reports that a scientist was fined 100,000 pounds for "smuggling more than 100 'priceless' orchids into Britain" including "one species that only grows in small numbers in a remote area of a national park in Sarawak in Malaysia." A further two of the orchids "were only discovered in 1997 in the remote Indonesian island of Sulawesi and are believed to be extinct because of illegal collection."


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