In 1910, the United States was facing a food shortage due to the influx of immigrants that were entering the country.
In response, Louisiana Congressman Robert F. Broussard introduced the Hippo Bill, which “sought the appropriation of $250,000 to import useful animals (such as hippos) into the United States.”
The bill received a lot of initial support, but eventually fell through.
“Eventually lawmakers became skeptical of the idea, and the Department of Agriculture rallied against the proposal by asserting that useless bogs and marshlands should be converted into cow pastures, and that eating hippo meat is weird,” PJ Media reported. “The American Hippo Bill just barely failed the vote, and the delightfully wacky concept fell into obscurity.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
Of course, having hippos here could have been really, really awful.
Why, do you ask? Well, anyone who has ever seen a nature documentary that happened to include hippos will know just how incredibly dangerous they actually are.
They are extremely aggressive animalls, and have been known to attack and kill humans completely unprovoked. In fact, a staggering 2,900 people are killed annually by hippos, according to the Mother Nature Network.
These beasts could well have made the waters of Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana a very dangerous place to be, indeed.
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