Post by ornithorchid on May 6, 2015 12:13:49 GMT -8
Ok so basically, Citizens of Turkey, if you see someone that is a stranger hanging in your forests, call the cops. I call that discrimination... That is some easy money. Even taking the pic of a bug is illegal there. Give me a break. www.theskepticalmoth.com/collecting-permits/
You have to read between the lines: the collector's didn't pay enough bribe. That's business.
Unfortunately you won't get far with bribes in Turkey. The people genuinely dislike butterfly collectors.
Not that they don't like them, there is no cultural problem with it. The locals are generally mistrustful of anyone who does not belong there. If the collectors had gone with a translator to the local Big Man, introduced themselves and offered a gift- even a nominal gift- they may have been blessed to continue.