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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Renaming Fish to Fight 'Racism'

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is renaming fish over "racism" concerns


The fish being targeted for name change are four species that are collectively known as “Asian carp.” The name, of course, is because the invasive species were brought to the United States from China.

“We wanted to move away from any terms that cast Asian culture and people in a negative light,” Charlie Wooley, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes regional office told NBC News.

NBC reports that the change was sparked after “an Asian business delegation arriving at the Minneapolis airport encountered a sign reading ‘Kill Asian Carp.’ It was a well-intentioned plea to prevent spread of the invasive fish. But the message was off-putting to the visitors.”

News of the sign triggered Sen. Foung Hawj into action.

In 2014, he and Sen. John Hoffman passed a measure requiring Minnesota agencies to refer to the fish as “invasive carp” instead. The effort was brutally mocked by the late Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators.

“I had more hate mail than you could shake a stick at,” Hoffman said.

Asian carp were brought here approximately 50 years ago to clean algae, weeds and parasites from sewage and aquaculture ponds in the South.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly changed the name in April and the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee will follow suit on August 2.

An official name has not yet been decided, as “invasive carp” has still been deemed to be imprecise.

Meanwhile, it is not just fish that are being cancelled.

As Timcast previously reported, Gypsy moths and ants are also being renamed as part of the Entomological Society of America’s Better Common Names Project — which seeks to get rid of terms that may be offensive in insect names.

The moth will now go by their scientific name “lymantria dispar” and the ant must be referred to as “aphaenogaster araneoides.”

“The purpose of common names is to make communication easier between scientists and the public audiences they serve. By and large, ESA’s list of recognized insect common names succeeds in this regard, but names that are unwelcoming to marginalized communities run directly counter to that goal,” ESA President Michelle S. Smith, said in a statement. “That’s why we’re working to ensure all ESA-approved insect common names meet our standards for diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

The madness will not stop there. The ESA is now asking the public to help them find things that people might be outraged about, so that they can change those names too.

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17 responses to “U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Renaming Fish to Fight ‘Racism’”

  1. FreedomPeliador says:

    So stupid, but wouldn’t expect anything less.

  2. Todd_honeyhands says:

    Hell Illinois is already renaming it just like calamari because no one wants to eat it

  3. majie2 says:

    The point of this is so we won’t know what anything means anymore. Even when looking for a certain fish you are used to being called something and now you can’t find it because it’s been renamed. We need to start and maintain a “Woke Dictionary” like the Urban Dictionary. Would be interesting to see how many times words change or the definitions change.

  4. Ambrossia188 says:

    How many Asians are really thinking rn, “Wow, thanks Fish and Game! Changing the name of this carp will definitely help stop racist black ppl from stomping my face into the concrete!”

    I am so sick of all of these pathetic, all talk ridiculous action, virtue signaling, woke, racist mother fuckers!

  5. sartoraaus@gmail.com says:

    renaming fish…so, brave

  6. Big_Chez says:

    Next thing you’ll see people saying we should let the carp past the electric dams and let them infect the heartland rivers even more. #AsianCarpReparation

  7. Superwhitt21 says:

    Bengal Tiger, American Alligator, french poodle, GERMAN SHEPARDS, RACISTS EVERYWHERE REEEEEEEEE

    • Cheddarman says:

      I genuinely wonder if one day the word human will be consider racist to people who follow this kind of thinking. I can just imagine them arguing over how the word human implies that a “black” person could be in the same category as “white” person and how there are differences!

  8. thndrbrd says:

    Can you actually offend Asians? I don’t know, I’m around a lot and they seem to be the most laid back off all.

  9. Wiggles39 says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t gone after oriental bittersweet yet

  10. JRizzo says:

    This has to be the most triumphant virtue signal in the history of hand waving.

  11. Reynolds says:

    Not only is Asian a race, it is a geographic location. Unlike White and Black. There is no black geographic region. The Asian Carp is from the geographic location of Asia, so it is completely appropriate to say Asian Carp when referencing the invasive fish.

    • TruckeeCrawdad says:

      Asian isn’t a race. Mongolian is a race, japanese is a race, thai and vietnamese are races. Asian is an oversimplification grouping all people from a massive continent into one single group

      • BFairfax123 says:

        Ok so if that’s how it works then are English people a race , Germans a race and French people a race or are there ethnically homogenous populations Caucasians ? What your describing is Ethnicity not race Asian isn’t a race is description of something or someone that comes from the Continent of Asia which could included almost anything even an I phone .

      • Cheddarman says:

        When you say oversimplification to me at least it sounds condescending. The functions of generalization is important but your right there is no Asian “race” just as there is not European “race”.