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Yesterday, I went a-wandering the streets of Soho with companions eisa and regyt. We had a lot of fun popping in and out of funky Soho stores, and kept the smiles on even when I was denied trying on the HAWT pair of Oakley's (!!!) boots that I covet.

Alas, it comes in women's sizes only, and they had nothing larger than a woman's 9.5. Too small for my not-so-manly men's 9. And the website shows it only up to size 10. This time, it would appear I will be denied.

We went to visit one of my favorite store windows in Soho, Evolution. Inside we went, one of the few times I have actually stepped into the store after all these years. My copatriots and I were fascinated by all the dead things... and I was disturbed by the freeze dried rats (not on the website, or I would have showed you it.) Lots of stuff, some cool, some curious, some weird... but then I happened upon another item.

Coral. They had quite a bit of authentic coral for sale. Now, acute readers will know that I am a fan of the fishies. And others might not know that I am a reader of National Geographic, and try to stay aware as best as I could on some of the larger issues. I know this - the coral reefs amongst the world are in TERRIBLE shape, dying off in frightening rates. So, to find coral for sale kind of alarmed me.

regyt pointed out all the dead coral she found on the beaches of Israel when she was there, so we both hoped that this was the case... find coral on the beach, take it, and sell it. Not a problem in my book. So we asked the friendly man upstairs - is their coral found, or harvested? He didn't know, dialed downstairs to one of his co-workers, and we hear back on the speakerphone, "Don't buy it. By doing so they are killing the ecology. They are harvested. Buy it if you think it is pretty, I suppose." Or something to that effect.

I was shocked! Here, they KNOW the damage they are doing by selling such products, yet, it's for sale anyway? The reason? The owner buys them.

So, after my long tale, here is my point of action.

The Evolution Store
120 Spring Street
New York,  NY  10012
United States
Tel: 800-952-3195
Fax: 212 343-1815
Email: evolnyc@aol.com

Do send them your e-mails, phone calls. Ask them to remove the coral from their inventory and to never allow such products to be sold again. For a company devoted to the history of life on earth, and then turn around and contribute to the death of current life... yuck.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
1. Were those "the" boots? If so, i'm very sorry you can't find them in your size.

2. Wished the timing would have worked out for me to join the gathering. Maybe next time.

3. That blows! Email sent.

4. Where will you be tomorrow night?
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
Cue The Police...
Tomorrow night? I'll be watching you.
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Cue The Police...
*hugs* Thanks ... that should help quiet me down.
Mar. 13th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Cue The Police...
I think I understand now what you're nervous about... not to mention the wetness factor. :) Sorry I can't be there tomorrow night, but I'm sure you'll do great. And have a great time. :)
Mar. 13th, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
*I am so very proud of you...*

Mar. 13th, 2006 08:12 pm (UTC)
agree with #4
"that blows" and email is easy to send.. will do right after hitting post here.

Mar. 13th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
Wow. Do you think the owner also owns Mandible and Maxilla near the Museum of Natural History, too? It's similarly themed but older than Evo.

Yeah, I saw those boots, too, when I was at the Apple Store last month. Screeched to a grinding halt and had to back up for a better look. And I was walking!
Mar. 14th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Totally off topic...
Hi, hon. Did you get my e-mail about potentially presenting in Rochester? If not, drop me a line at my gmail acct. :)
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
*brain going fuzzy*
Alas, it comes in women's sizes only, and they had nothing larger than a woman's 9.5. Too small for my not-so-manly men's 9. And the website shows it only up to size 10. This time, it would appear I will be denied.

*blink blink* boots. eep. Size nine? *blink blink* [words not found]

Had a good dream on the subject of size nine's last night... those boots were fantastic, pity they wouldn't fit me either. *distracted again*

Mar. 15th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Sent my email..and got back the below email from them.
Dear Trish,
All our coral is legally imported into the United States.
Import permits are obtained from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and its trade monitored by CITES.
The coral we sell is not endangered and its trade does not threaten wild populations.
Please read the following:

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between Governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Widespread information nowadays about the endangered status of many prominent species, such as the tiger and elephants, might make the need for such a convention seem obvious. But at the time when the ideas for CITES were first formed, in the 1960s, international discussion of the regulation of wildlife trade for conservation purposes was something relatively new. With hindsight, the need for CITES is clear. Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.

Because the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation. CITES was conceived in the spirit of such cooperation. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 30,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs.

CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of IUCN (The World Conservation Union). The text of the Convention was finally agreed at a meeting of representatives of 80 countries in Washington DC., United States of America, on 3 March 1973, , and on 1 July 1975 CITES entered in force. The original of the Convention was deposited with the Depositary Government in the Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each version being equally authentic.

CITES is an international agreement to which States (countries) adhere voluntarily. States that have agreed to be bound by the Convention ('joined' CITES) are known as Parties. Although CITES is legally binding on the Parties – in other words they have to implement the Convention – it does not take the place of national laws. Rather it provides a framework to be respected by each Party, which has to adopt its own domestic legislation to ensure that CITES is implemented at the national level.

For many years CITES has been among the conservation agreements with the largest membership, with now 169 Parties.

William Stevens

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