I was just wondering if anyone else thinks its ridiculous that in Australia (and i think the US too) you can't legally sell ambergris (a hardened waxy substance formed from sperm whale vomit) despite the fact that it causes absolutely no harm to the animal it comes from and is virtually impossible to take from the animal by force since it takes decades to change into its valuable waxy form.
my temper's just been stirred up since reading an article
Ambergris find just spit in ocean | Herald Sun
about a guy who found a chunk of it worth approximately $150,000 but who can't legally sell it internationally or domestically because it counts as an animal product prohibited by CITES laws.
Does anyone else think its a case of endangered animal protection laws being taken too far?