Amazon in a Straitjacket

18 Dec, 2008

I have been thinking about the meeting with the INPA that took place a few days ago.
On reflection, what they were saying appears to boil down to prohibition of nature study in the Amazon across the board by amateur naturalists.

According to the INPA's allegations, it looks like you are 'barred from'even appreciating those insects and flowers that you come across in your own garden or on your weekend tour in the Amazon.

If your hands are tied like that---e.g. you are deprived of your freedom of taking photos of natural life forms as you please --- what is the point of being (or living) in the Amazon Basin? How on earth could such a straitjacketed Amazon attract visitors from all over the world? Not a chance!

Penned on Dec. 12, 2008

Shoji Hashimoto

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