I don't see the difference between the two types of collecting, SK, except for the fact that N. mirabilis and N. thorelii are widely and commonly distributed in the wild compared to the "newly discovered varieties or species," which obviously are not so widely-distributed. Indeed, there IS a big difference, but you are looking in the wrong places for truths. Neither are wrong in my eyes, and I'm not going to complain or discourage any of these legal activities, because I enjoy, appreciate, and care for Nepenthes.
I see that Phoenix is doing a very nice job of growing this species legally, and with plenty of genetic variation, and that is enough for me NOT to complain about it. As long as he gets the proper export paperwork to trade, it is perfectly fine.