We have all heard about poaching of elephant horns, rhino horns, shark’s fins, to the detriment of the population of these living creatures. I heard from NPR the other day yet another travesty: Redwood Burl Poaching!
California Park officials were interviewed recently over the increasing frequency of poachers who steel into the night and drive into our state parks. They hack into these centuries’ old redwood trees that many of us have fought for years to save and preserve. And for what? To make a fast buck? Sell it to some furniture maker for ornamental furniture or some trinket manufacturer for some California souvenir?
So now, not only should we now ask where our produce is from (carbon footprint issues) or where our fish is fished (dolfin-free) or where the cacao beans of our chocolate bars were harvested (child labor issues), we now should ask if the furniture we are buying is from poached redwoods!