Fwd: [MassLep] illegal trafficking

Neil Jones neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk
Wed Apr 13 14:24:39 EDT 2011

Thank you for posting this. It is absolutely fascinating. I have just 
listened to the broadcast
and it is really good.

Neil Jones
neil at nwjones.demon.co.uk
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Subject: 	[MassLep]
Date: 	Wed, 13 Apr 2011 13:28:16 -0400
From: 	Mark Lynch <moa.lynch at verizon.net>
Reply-To: 	moa.lynch at verizon.net
To: 	Massbird <massbird at world.std.com>

The illegal trafficking in ultra rare species of butterflies is a big
business, with CITES listed species going for many thousands of dollars a
pop. The people who are successful in this type of smuggling are masterminds
of deception and cunning, running an international business just like a drug
cartel. JESSICA SPEART, a freelance journalist specializing in wildlife
enforcement issues, has traced the bizarre cat and mouse game that was
played over years between the ‘Indiana Jones” of butterfly smuggling and a
dedicated, hardworking officer of law enforcement for the United States Fish
and Wildlife Service. In the middle of the interview, Speart talks about the
eventual busting of a group of pigeon fanciers who had for years been
willfully been trapping and killing and horribly torturing RAPTORS of all
species. It's a depressing and disgusting story that needs to be told.

This is a thrilling, revealing and deeply frightening expose of the world of
a small group of unscrupulous men who would sell the planet’s biodiversity
to the highest bidder. Speart’s book is titled WINGED OBSESSION: THE PURSUIT

NB: the first minute is a bit distorted to to a PC malfucntion. Ah,

To listen to this show, go to:


Mark Lynch
moa.lynch at verizon.net

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