WI: The Americans Imported the Hippos Into the Mississipi?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Ikny, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Dave Howery laughs at your pain

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    and considering that they are monstrous pests, hunting them is going to be unlimited. An unfettered ivory trade just might do them in...
     
  2. Alanith Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. No dollar will be spared on wiping them out, and anyone proposing to 'reintroduce them for the hunting experience' is liable to get lynched.
     
  3. Mad Bad Rabbit Well-Known Member

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    Were they there before ACW ? The North might find them useful in denying shipping to Southern states, and pass laws protecting them. Can't let New Orleans steal New York's trade.
     
  4. weasel_airlift Well-Known Member

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    Or hippo ham? Chicken-fried hippo steak?
     
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  5. Alanith Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, the moment someone is tried on slaughtering the hippo that ate his pregnant wife and three children and found "Not Guilty" those laws lose all impact. I mean for gods sake, the men enforcing these laws are going to be locals, equally pissed off at the damn things, and they'll probably be tried locally unless you insist on hauling every hippo poacher all the way up to New York. There's no way in hell you'd get a conviction. The more likely exchange between Fish and Game Officer and Poacher is "Oh hey Bill! How's it going? Caught anything yet?"
     
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  6. TonyA Curmudgeon like, but nastier

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    Just imagine; The Houma football team moved one step closer to a state title when they took the measure of the St. Barts team, easily, 27-7. The River Horses may need to make room in their trophy case for something other than their endless repetitive BAR team trophies.
     
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  7. eltf177 Well-Known Member

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    Agreed, they're a menace and once innocent people start dying anyone trying to pass laws to protect them won't stay in office long.

    This level of thinking is almost as bad as the congressman in one of the zombie threads saying that the undead have the same rights as the living and you just can't go around shooting them...
     
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  8. TonyA Curmudgeon like, but nastier

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    This may or may not be true, but, zombies are nominal human and hippos are "animals", and animals without money have more advocacy in their corner than people without money in the modern USA...
     
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  9. MattII Well-Known Member

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    Link to my thread, posted back in March.
     
  10. Nephi Well-Known Member

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    They can carry anthrax.
     
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  11. TonyA Curmudgeon like, but nastier

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    But, can they carry a tune?
     
  12. eltf177 Well-Known Member

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    Hang your head in shame!

    But other animals have the capability of carrying anthrax including sheep. Or are you saying it exists in the wild population and may get introduced if infected animals get brought in? If so that could be very serious and dangerous...
     
  13. Quintuplicate Well-Known Member

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    What kind of dipping sauce goes best with beef?
     
  14. Father Maryland Enemy of Neo Secesh Everywhere

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    More like "Need anymore dynamite? or whiskey?"
     
  15. Father Maryland Enemy of Neo Secesh Everywhere

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    It's barbecue you bloody heathen.
     
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  16. Alanith Well-Known Member

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    Again, the problem is that in large part in the early US, the people enforcing a conservation law are going to be the people with first hand knowledge of what horrible monsters Hippos are. Strong incentive to look the other way. Likewise, you've got an entire jury who ALSO probably considers Mr. Poacher a goddamn hero. Good luck convicting him. Now IF the hippos survive up to the modern day somehow, they might be able to get more effective protection, but I just don't see it.
     
  17. Dathi THorfinnsson Daði Þorfinnsson

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