bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, October 08, 2007

Welcome to New Zealand!

The Federated Farmers organisation of New Zealand is calling for a tax on tourists to meet the growing biosecurity costs necessary to keep the world's pests from the islands' shores.

It points the finger at tourist sailors and trampers (hikers) whose equipment they say brings in the nasties.

Federated Farmers president Charlie Pedersen spoke of tourists in “silk-bottomed waders” who he says probably introduced didymo and tourists on expensive yachts who probably introduced sea squirt.

Thank goodness he didn't get around to beekeeper tourists. Faceless, leather-gloved bumblers in dirty white suits, perhaps?

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