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House makes Venus flytrap theft a felony

Posted June 19, 2014

— House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to make the theft of Venus flytraps a felony in the four North Carolina counties where it grows wild.

The measure, House Bill 1059, is one of three current legislative proposals to toughen penalties for stealing the carnivorous plants. 

Sponsor Rep. Ted Davis, R-New Hanover, told the House that Venus flytraps grow wild only within a 100-mile radius of Wilmington.

"Nowhere else in the world," Davis said. "If it goes extinct, it's gone." 

The plant is rated as endangered in the wild. 

Davis said thieves recently stole thousands of the plants from a natural area near Wilmington. He said conservationists have asked for tougher penalties for poachers to help prevent another such theft.

He pointed out that, under state law, it's also a felony to steal pine straw or ginseng.

"There may be plenty of pine straw, and there may be plenty of ginseng plants, but there are only a few Venus flytraps," he said.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

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  • Larry Lynch Jun 23, 2014
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    lets make a politican caught lying a felony.

  • Len White Jun 20, 2014
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    Steeling pine straw in North Carolina is a felony? PINE STRAW? In NORTH CAROLINA?
    The absurdity of this one doesn’t even deserve comment….
    Please pardon me for wasting the bandwidth ….

    STS

  • Stan Simmerson Jun 20, 2014
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    I'm still waiting on that ever-elusive "Laser-like focus we're going to have on jobs, jobs, jobs!" Anyone else remember that campaign promise? We've had everything BUT that from this legislature. Who knew VFT's were such big employers? Must have hired powerful lobbyists to twist some Republican arms.

  • Paul Maxwell Jun 20, 2014
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    Yet another jobs bill from our illustrious GA. And @ Krimson--your comment is spot-on.

  • Richard Hertz Jun 19, 2014
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    These people can't pass a budget on time or give teachers a pay raise, but they have time to pass a stupid law like this? No wonder people are laughing at our current government.

  • Anita Woody Jun 19, 2014

    There won't be any land left for them to grow soon anyways, so what's the point?

  • Lightfoot3 Jun 19, 2014

    I use to find them in the Southport area.

  • Eq Videri Jun 19, 2014
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    Now it will be an open-and-shut case.

  • Terry Watts Jun 19, 2014
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    Stealing a VFT is a Felony, but demolition of their natural habitat is also encouraged??? Why make it a crime to steal a plant that you're going to allow contractors to bulldoze anyways???