Irish Setters have shaggy red hair like many Irish people. German Shepherds are stoic and non-cuddly like Germans. A deeper investigation reveals that many animals take on the characteristics of their native countries.
Let us take a random look at a handful of species that resemble their native government*.
Invasive Asian Carp
Most species of Asian Carp have been raised in captivity in China for over 1,000 years. They were released into the Mississippi basin accidentally in the early 1990s. They uproot vegetation and eat up to 40% of their weight daily. Their plankton consumption is driving native plant and animal species out of existence. Asian carp are on the verge of ruining a seven billion dollar per year fishing industry in Lake Michigan.
Similar to the invasive nature of the Asian Carp, the Chinese Government first occupied Tibet in 1949 and has since murdered over one million Tibetans. They have destroyed over 6,000 sacred temples and have imprisoned and tortured countless thousands of innocent Tibetans. Tibetan culture is on the endangered list. Chinese Policy is on the verge of destroying a three thousand year old sovereign nation.
Invasive Asian Clam
Also known as the Golden Clam, it originates from China and is now wreaking havoc on freshwater ecosystems in Western Europe and the United States. Lake Tahoe and Adirondack Lake in NY have already seen a dramatic decrease in native freshwater mussels. Asian clams are self-fertilizing and release up to 2,000 offspring each per day. Their waste triggers algae blooms which clog water intake pipes and makes conditions uninhabitable for native species.
When comparing the Invasive Asian Clam to its country of origin, it is apparent that Chinese technology and economics are dominating western markets. That’s fair. However, Chinese government has illegally dominated the peaceful and defenseless Tibet. Chinese government offers cash, land, and job bribes to Han Chinese citizens willing to relocate to Tibet. It is now illegal for native Tibetans to practice their native religion. This transplantation and legislation is furthering the destruction of Tibetan society.
Invasive Asian Fly
From southeast China, this invasive species is threatening the livelihood of many fruit farmers in Oregon, Washington and Florida. In 2009, the Invasive Asian Vinegar Fly killed 20% of the Oregon’s blueberry and raspberry crops, and 80% of the late season peaches. It currently is threatening Oregon’s 60 million dollar wine industry.
Before the introduction of the Asian Fly, the American fruit industry was doing just fine. Similarly, before China’s militant occupation of Tibet, the Tibetans had their own government, currency, language, legal system and culture. However, China claims that Tibet has belonged to China ever since they defeated the Mongols in battle (even though the Mongols had nothing to do with Tibet’s sovereign status).
Invasive Asian Shore Crab
Narragansett Bay ecosystem in Rhode Island is watching its food web becoming ripped to shreds by the Invasive Asian shore crab. Well, not yet, but it is a rising threat. These crabs are omnivorous and more aggressive than any other native competitor. Even the seagulls will not eat them, due to their bad taste. When fishermen trap them along with other species, this Asian crab will kill and consume their fellow prisoners.
The Asian shore crab like many of its invasive cousins has caused numerous government agencies to attempt biochemical eradication. Similarly, China tortures its Tibetan prisoners and has endangered the fragile high altitude ecosystem of Tibet by strip-mining, deforestation and nuclear waste dumping.
Invasive Asian Earthworms
Asian earthworms are threatening Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other Southeastern forests. With appetites only on the level of Asian shore crabs, Asian carp, and Asian clams, these hungry worms disrupt the forests’ ecological balance by ingesting the leaf layer of soil, a key part of biomass.
Much like the Invasive Asian earthworm, the Chinese Government has threatened the health of Tibet by purchasing allegiance through foreign investments. Foreign investments validate their atrocities.
Invasive Asian Beetle
Also known as the Emerald Ash borer, this beetle is spreading through the mid-west and eastern USA and Canada. First discovered in 2002, the Ash borer has already killed an estimated 25% of the Ash and Elm trees in affected regions. The larvae burrow into the tree’s vascular system, and starve it from within.
The Invasive Asian Beetle’s parasitic chokehold upon its host is much like China’s illegal occupation of Tibet. Like the larvae that sap the trees strength, China uses Tibet as nothing more than a resource extraction colony. The occupation of Tibet also consolidates their power
Invasive Asian Tiger Mosquito
These mosquitoes differ from non-invasive mosquitoes from their black and white stripped pattern and also from transmitting many more viruses. Since introduction in 1985, it has caused epic proportions of encephalitis and West Nile viruses.
In drawing a comparison: Invasive Asian Tiger Mosquitoes primarily infect areas along slow, large rivers, such as the Mississippi. The Chinese Government systematically pollutes Asia’s five largest rivers, all of which are in Tibet.
Invasive Asian Longhorned Beetle
Known in China as the Starry Sky beetle, these large black and white spotted insects are threats in the same way as the above-mentioned “Asian Beetle”. The Invasive wipe out hundreds of thousands of urban shade trees each year. Namely, Starry Sky threatens maple, chestnut, poplar, willow, birch and mountain ash.
Exotic species can pose serious problems to ecosystems that have no predators, parasites or diseases to keep the populations in check. Similarly, China is seen as a threat to peaceful, defenseless citizens of non-militarized countries, like Tibet. Well, in Tibet it isn’t so much a threat as it is actual occupation. China is perceived as a threat to Japan, Vietnam, Russia, Nepal and India.
*Any fact about a Government or Country in general does not necessarily reflect the traits of all individuals from this country. This article is not meant to decry individual Chinese citizens or non-invasive Asians anywhere; it is meant to lampoon Chinese foreign policy. Free Tibet!
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