Not exactly American, but definitely liberty minded. A doctor from the WWF (not the WWE) is saying that we need to protect the habitats for Mekong giant catfish, or they face extinction. Two sentences earlier, he said that they are poorly studied. Why do we need to prevent their extinction? If they’re poorly studied, how are you going to protect them? What role do they play in the ecosystem that is unique and non-replaceable? How do they contribute to improve the lives of humans other than as food? Before we start enacting wide-ranging regulations and procedures, we need to figure out why they need protection. The Earth has adjusted quite nicely to life without dinosaurs, smilodons, mastodons, dodos, and passenger pigeons – I’d hope it will adjust quite nicely without giant catfish, but if the WWF can prove to me it won’t, I’m willing to listen.
My other question about this is more humorous – what line and bait did they use? I’m thinking 20 lb. test and some stink bait ain’t gonna cut it… :-)