This morning, far too early, (it wasn’t quite light out) my dear Richard woke me up and told me to come into the kitchen – he had a ‘surprise’ for me. Always suspicious, and thinking all manner of perilous activities might ensue, I arrived to find he’d actually managed to poach two eggs on toast. AND they were delicious ! He’s never made anything for me to eat before (doesn’t do it for himself either!) so I was stunned. Problem is, we need some new hens and those were my last few eggs by which I’d planned to do all today’s baking!
Poaching, however IS a serious issue – it is no longer the problem of a down-and-out peasant robbing the laird’s rabbits. This is an environmental concern of which we should all be aware! from Wikipedia:
Until the 20th century, most poaching was performed by impoverished peasants for subsistence purposes, supplementing meager diets. By contrast, stealing domestic animals classifies as THEFT, not as poaching.
Since the 1980s, the term “poaching” has also referred to the illegal harvesting of wild plant species. In agricultural terms, the term ‘poaching’ is also applied to the loss of soils or grass sward by the damaging action of feet of livestock which can affect availability of productive land, water pollution through increased runoff and welfare issues for cattle.In 1998 environmental scientists proposed the concept of poaching as an environmental crime, defining any activity as illegal that contravenes the laws and regulations established to protect renewable resources including the illegal harvest of wildlife with the intention of possessing, transporting, consuming or selling it and using its body parts. They considered poaching as one of the most serious threats to the survival of plant and animal populations. Conservationists consider poaching to have a detrimental effect on biodiversity, both within and outside protected areas as wildlife populations decline, species are depleted locally, and the functionality of ecosystems is disturbed.