ok, so... I think I'm gonna go with Pat on this one.
Mainly because I see this as a nortie finger up on CITES.
I agree with Smartie about the ability of orchids to be reproduced x amount in a laboratory and international demand would be better served if CITES wasn't so strict.
I think that local demand tends to wipe out plants more so than international pressure. Also, loss of land through farming, timber felling, mining and other habitat destruction has a greater effect on reduction of orchid numbers.
Having said that, I do think there should be some form of control over import/export of plants... however, there should not be any barrier at all on plants sold as flasks... this at least shows that the plants are propagated and not wild collected.
Oh, and I have two flasks of Phrag kovachii sitting next to me... woo hoo...
I also, have a couple of other plants which various nurseries in Australia imported as seedling flasks and then sold on when they are bigger which I believe is illegal in the USA. Will these plants become extinct? Not likely with the number of them being grown in this country... and who knows... when the habitat they once use to grow in which is probably now a temprary slash and burn farm reverts back to it's wild ways... maybe we can re-introduce these plants.