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February 15, 2011

France Surrenders to Hamster

Posted by Dave Blount at February 15, 2011 12:27 PM

Some prime specimens of moonbattery appear briefly in the news, only to vanish again. I wonder what happened to last spring's story of a French business development stalled on behalf of hamsters:

Environmentalists have gone to court to try to block the transformation of 120 hectares of farmland into a business park, warning that the project threatens the last colony of wild hamsters in western Europe.
The "Great Hamster of Alsace" (Cricetus cricetus), also known as the black-bellied hamster, is one of the most threatened mammals in Europe, the European Commission has reported. … The environmental group Alsace Nature and its allies claim the area in the Bas-Rhin region is a key "reconquest zone" for the giant hamster.

"Reconquest zone" means they couldn't find any hamsters there anyway, but with the land closed off from constructive use, the critters might return.

The nocturnal rodent spends 80 per cent of its life underground and hibernates for six months every year. Until the 1960s, it was considered a pest.

More recently, farmers were strong-armed into planting alfalfa, because the hamsters prefer it to corn. The European Commission has threatened French taxpayers with a €17 million fine for not doing enough to protect the elusive hamsters' Habitrail, I mean habitat.

A local mayor estimated that forbidding the development would cost 2,000 to 3,000 jobs.

In the latest black-bellied hamster news, European Union bureauweenies continue to grumble about massive fines for not doing enough to secure the creatures' comfort.

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A hamster armed for reconquest.

On a tip from Ummah Gummah.