"Not legal, but I'd say ethically correct"
Great job having a solid platform. But of course, you have to be able to twist it to the way you want it for each separate occasion.
Yeah, the guy is doing it for "profit", but if you were starving, wouldn't you do the same? Do you have any idea how low the income of people in the area where globosa grows is? If its below poverty level there, try to think of that in our terms. Are you saying the person is wrong to do what they're doing, simply to survive? To you, neps are coveted, exotic blah blah blah. To this person, its a resource, and if this person needs to utilize said resource in order to survive, so be it. If the person is breaking laws or not is the Thai government's problem, and not yours.
Haven't you ever heard BE's motto..."conservation through cultivation"? I'm afriad thats the only way to save some of these plants.
People have been wild collecting and utilizing plants since the beginning of people. I highly doubt this guy collecting seed, even to a greater extent, is going to cause some sort of catastrophe, as you are making it out to seem. Please educate yourself on the probabily of nep seed becoming a mature individual in the wild, and please please learn a thing or two about population dynamics. The way plant material comes into circulation (usually through seed) doesn't need to be changed per se. If you had any type of knowledge on the topic, you would see that as viable. The only thing that possibly needs to be changed for long term survival of a species is the circulation of MORE seed and MORE seedgrown plants.
What are you suggesting in place of wild-collecting seed? Tissue culture? If thats the case, you obviously have no regard for the survival of any nep species in the long run. I'd rather not end up writing pages and pages, especially when solid views from the top growers are already readily availble. I do however, invite you visit the pitcherplants forum in an attempt to educate yourself about a less fanatical, and far more practical view on conservation.
Here's a pretty good thread to start, including commentary by quite a few experts:
If you want to continue to masquerade as an expert in regard to these topics, please start posting in that forum. I guarantee it will be a very humbling experience...it certainly was for me.