A couple of weeks back I heard about the poaching of the world’s largest elephant in Kenya and it angered me so much.
Now I don’t consider myself one of those activists like in Greenpeace or Sea Shepherd, but I do believe (to some degree) in their causes.
Some of you may know that my family and I are animal lovers and over the years Kim and I have had many amazing animal experiences, mostly during our travels. I’m not going to mention them again but you can find out my top 5 experiences here.
While I am against the killing of endangered animals and whales, sometimes animal populations need to be controlled. Thrillist published an article These Places Want You To Kill Their Exotic Animals which I found to be quite interesting.
Here are the animals that made the list:
- Nutria– Louisiana
- Lionfish– Florida, the Bahamas, Belize
- Possums– New Zealand
- Crown of Thorns Starfish– Palau, the Philippines
- Wild Hogs– Texas
- Asian Carp– Chicago
Out of the six animals mentioned, I’ve heard of the efforts to try to minimize the numbers of 3 of them.
While watching Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods, I first heard of nutrias. On the show, Zimmern got to go with a local man to help catch one for dinner. I’m pretty sure he also helped hunt for wild hogs in Texas. During our tip to New Zealand, Kim and I learned of the nuisance that possums are to the country.
Find out about each of the animals mentioned that some places want to kill HERE.