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Thread #139936   Message #3213243
Posted By: Desert Dancer
26-Aug-11 - 08:08 PM
Thread Name: Who will stand up: Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factory
Subject: RE: Who will stand up: Feds Raid Gibson Guitar Factory
Lost my rushed post this morning, although my message to Joe apparently got through... :-)

I'm a musician and a biologist. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, one of the seriously underfunded branches of the government, has the protection of endangered in its charge, and that includes enforcement of laws concerning the international trade in protected species. The Wall Street journal article is an opinion piece by someone with an attitude on the topic that looks to be summed up by his final sentence:

"...maybe it isn't hypocrisy to recognize that art makes claims significant enough to compete with environmentalists' agendas."

What?!? There's a lot more than avoiding hassles over vintage instruments in that statement.

For those looking for information, rather that random WSJ anti-regulationism, check more reliable sources. And don't take the whole story from John Thomas, the griping lawyer (who I see got a lengthy tirade published in Fretboard Journal). If you want fine woods to be available for fine instruments, the resources have to be protected.

~ Becky in Tucson