Thursday, June 23, 2011
THE GREAT HAMSTER OF ALSACE is threatened. Really, there really is one, even though I fail to see what's so great about it, but I'm partial to red squirrels, myself. Seems there's only 850 of 'em, but EU aparatchiki in Brussels have determined that there should be nearly twice as many. As it's name would suggest, this is a French problem. A $24 million dollar problem, because that's the size of the fine. Anyway, Gordon Clark's account in the Montreal Gazette, "It's such a relief to know that hamsters are safe in Europe" can tell you more.