Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Minnesota Carping Crazily Concerning Carp

I wish this was an April Fools Day joke, but it's not.

The Detroit Free Press: Minnesota may rename Asian carp to less-offensive 'invasive carp'

Yes, really, and of course it's a Democrat leading the morphological mutilation.

The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light.

Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as “invasive carp,” a reference to the threat the non-native fish pose to Mississippi River-area ecosystems.

Sen. John Hoffman, the Champlin Democrat sponsoring a bill in the Senate, said some people of Asian descent have complained about the name.

Look, it's classified as an Asian carp (there are two main subspecies, the bighead carp and silver carp) as it comes from - you guessed it - Asia!

It's also a fish that Asians have been known to use a food. The fish is a fish, its neither bad no good, it just is, and changing its name to the stupid sounding invasive carp isn't going to improve things.

What's next, renaming Zebra mussels to invasive mussels to spare the feeling of our African equid friends?

Imagine going into a restaurant and seeing an invasive carp on the menu. Sheesh.


Expatriate Owl said...

We can't call it an "Illegal Alien Carp" because that would be politically incorrect.

How about "Undocumented Carp?"

Scott said...

Asian food = Invasive food
Asian flu = Invasive flu
Asian market = Invasive market

How 'bout we call the people who think this stuff up "Invasive Ninnys"?

ProudHillbilly said...

Because there aren't more important things to deal with...

Aaron said...

Expatriate Owl: Now that's fishest! These Carp have a dream doncha know? A dream to run free in our Great Lakes and who are we to enforce our borders against such a dream. After all the young carp brought here by their parents should have every opportunity to swim free, and don't get me started on the anchor carp babies born to these carp immigrants.....

Scott: I know, I've been looking for a good invasive food restaurant around here.

PH: Yes all else of the Minnesotans' problems have been solved, the only remaining issue is to train them all to think like good little progresives ...

Dan said...

What's next? The Canada Goose becoming the North Goose?