Viking Beavers Invade Britain

And they flew in, rather than taking the more traditional Viking long ship.

Four wild beaver families arrived at London’s Heathrow airport Thursday night, the first step in an effort to reintroduce the mammals — probably hunted to extinction around the reign of King James I, in the 16th or 17th century — to the British countryside.

The beaver families, which were trapped in Norway after several months of careful observation, will be quarantined for six months before being released in western Scotland.

(Insert favorite joke about Scots stalking beaver for six months here.) Despite the joy of the members of – and I am not making this up – the Scottish Beaver Trial, local landowners will get a bit of a rude shock when wetlands are developed on their property by the Norwegian invader beavers.

On to another story about animals! It seems that PETA has its collective knickers in a knot over a completely different pelt. Specifically, they want Liz Hurley’s scalp for daring to wear mink.

The actress and model has enraged animal-welfare groups by appearing in advertisements for American fur house Blackglama, which boasts of producing ‘the world’s finest natural ranch-raised mink’.
In many of the arty black-and-white photographs appearing in glossy fashion magazines, Hurley is wearing little more than the company’s fur coats and wraps.
Last night, leading animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a savage attack on the 41-year-old.

Some nice pictures of Hurley’s ads at the link. Hurley was assaulted by an anti-fur zealot back in 2001. I suspect this has something to do with her decision to take the job.

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5 Responses to Viking Beavers Invade Britain

  1. Andrew X says:

    One of my favorite jokes:

    Q: Why do PETA activists get so much more outraged at people who wear leather than people who wear fur?

    A: Because rich, matronly old ladies (and
    supermodel / actresses) have a very different reaction to them than motorcycle gangs.

    And why are California gays outraged at the Mormons and silent at the black and Hispanic communities who voted them down? Why are “human rights activists” outraged at Guantanamo and silent about the prison that is the rest of Cuba? Why do Euro-lefties march by the tens of thousands against Bush, and by the dozens, if that, against Putin? Why could I go on and on and on?

    90% of all so-called “activists” are in fact cowards at heart, who will go after the ones who will never fight back, and will give the widest of berths and even apologize for those that will. There are so few of them that have the real courage of the civil rights workers of the fifties, for example. They “play’ at righteous indignation while never paying any price at all, any more than a hobbyist pays the price in time and money when he works with his stamps or whatever. It’s their “fun”.

    Courage my ass. These people are cowards.

  2. Foxfier says:

    Re: lady wearing fur: Good on her!

    Mr. X: reactionist cowards *always* choose the safe target. Thus, Catholics not making women priests gets a thousand times the ink that honor killing of rape victims does.

  3. Lars Walker says:

    And this we call paying the Beavergeld,
    And we’ve known it forever and ever,
    That once you have paid out the Beavergeld,
    You never get rid of the Beaver.

  4. Santay says:

    Reminds me of a bumper sticker mentioned in all the obnoxious Palin coverage. PETA (people eating tasty animals).

  5. Sylvia says:

    There are good reasons for eradicating beavers! Why on earth did they reintroduce the pesky rodents?!

    Having dealt with both beavers and mink in my crick in Montana, I’ll take mink any day. Beavers are smelly, ruinous creatures, though one buffola male did cut down some trees for me in the protected streamside zone that *I* wasn’t allowed to thin. Then I had the trapper come in and remove him…

    Mink do occasionally make a mess in the hen house, but Minerva and her jolly clan never attacked mine, perhaps because she and her kittens had plenty of trout. She was infinitely prettier than the beavers, didn’t wreak havoc with the streambed and woods, and didn’t smell (there had to be a Mr. Mink around to make the little ones and we never smelled him either).

    As far as fur goes, beaver is handy but mink is splendid, and if you can get it, lesser weasel has got to be one of the softest pelts in the world.

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