We all know that the original intent of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species was for the protection of animals. Adding flora was an afterthought that seemed like a good idea at the time. But it has gotten out of hand, and CITES regulation is now deeply entrenched worldwide caus- ing unnecessary expense, heartache and aggravation, not to mention contributing to corruption, smuggling and who knows what else. But I sincerely believe that CITES has not saved one plant from extinction since its inception.