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Destruction of Endangered species does not Inspire me
on 1 May 2014
The author claims this book is "eco-chic", and then she promotes the use of coral and in particular Sea Fan corals as decorations.
Corals are important for the continuing health of our oceans and should not be imported as fripperies, no matter how pretty they are. Corals are living entities not bits of rock. A Sea fan like the one on page 118 must have been ripped from the sea bed, as they are so very fragile they never wash up on the shore.
Quote from HM Revenue & Customs website on imports to the UK
"Souvenirs made from endangered species
Some souvenirs can be made from endangered plants or animals. Endangered species include:
•plants - such as orchids, cacti, mahogany and ramin trees
•animals - such as elephants, rhinos, whales, turtles, coral and many reptiles
Endangered species are protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). If you buy a souvenir made from one of these products, you may not be allowed to bring it in to the UK and could even face prosecution, or you may need to obtain a permit."
The author is promoting the collection and destruction of these endangered species to decorate our homes, don't encourage this, don't buy this book.