The Orchid Thief - Barbecued Doves Summary & Analysis

Susan Orlean
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The great magnetism of Florida for its inhabitants and new settlers is discussed by Susan. She points out that things are stolen out of Florida all the time, but things are regularly smuggled in as well, including gibbons, woolly monkeys, parakeets, spiders and boa constrictors. Plant smuggling is big business and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora(CITES) has been created to regulate international trade on wild things.

For some CITES is too broad, while others believe that it is not logical. CITES has made it illegal to export or sell wild orchids. If you want a wild orchid, you must poach it or pay a smuggler to poach it for you.

Susan meets Lee Moore, whose profession, according to CITES and the US Government, is plant smuggling. She visits him and his wife Chady at...

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