PHOTO PROMPT – © Erin Leary
I wanted to address this prompt differently, so did some web research and I found the story of US bill for importation of useful new animals in US—the hippo bill (H.R. 23261). It was introduced by the Louisiana congressman Robert Broussard in 1910.
It proposed importing Hippos from Africa to Louisiana. They would provide a delicious new source of protein for a meat-hungry nation. Furthermore, the animals would gobble up the invasive water hyacinth that was killing fish and choking off waterways – a perfect ivory-tower solution to hyacinth menace.
The bill failed by one vote.
Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.