William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-18-16

American Hippo Bill
Hippopotamus a.k.a. Lake Cow Bacon

Congressman Robert F. Broussard in 1910 figured hippopotamus would solve a then severe meat shortage and also eat the invasive water hyacinth that was clogging up the rivers in his state of Louisiana. A win-win. So he introduced the American Hippo Bill calling for their importation and release into the bayous. Former President Theodore Roosevelt backed it as did the U.S Department of Agriculture, the Washington Post and The New York Times which described the meat as “lake cow bacon”.  The bill fell just short of being passed.

American Hippo Bill introduced by Congressman Robert F. Broussard in 1910– William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-18-16

4 thoughts on “William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 3-18-16”

  1. And did no one back then question the wisdom of doing something like this, or ask whether the State should even consider doing something like this? 1910 was during a period of hectic Progressive activity, and this is just the kind of knuckleheadedness bureaucrats and representatives invent.

    And the more I learn about Theodore Roosevelt, the more I think that he wasn’t all that great.

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