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Germans banned from killing ants
Google | 4-29-03

Posted on 05/02/2003 9:28:21 AM PDT by WKB

Ananova:

Germany has introduced new laws making it illegal to kill ants and appointed 85 ant protection officers to protect the insects.

Homeowners and gardeners who attempt to destroy an anthill or underground nest will face hefty fines if caught.

They must now apply for a permit from their local forestry office to have the ants carefully moved to local woods.

"People with an ant hill in their garden must under no circumstances resort to the use of poison," said senior ant protection officer Dieter Kraemer.

"This is a violation of federal nature protection laws and punishable with hefty fines."

He added that ants were highly valued by German foresters for eating insects which attack trees.

A high ant population can prevent costly and environmentally unfriendly woodland spraying aimed at pests such as the Nun moth which attacks pines and other conifers.


TOPICS: Extended News; Germany; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: animalrights; eussr; green; holdmuhbeer; turass
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1 posted on 05/02/2003 9:28:21 AM PDT by WKB
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To: WKB
This is a joke, right? Please tell me it's a joke.
2 posted on 05/02/2003 9:30:46 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: WKB
strange... just 50 years ago they could kill anything or anyone they wanted.
3 posted on 05/02/2003 9:30:59 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
"Hold muh beer 'n watch this!" PING....

If you want on or off this list, please let me know!

4 posted on 05/02/2003 9:31:41 AM PDT by mhking
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To: bedolido
As long as they were "sub-human" (ie "non-German").
5 posted on 05/02/2003 9:32:46 AM PDT by Guillermo (Sic 'em!)
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To: ModelBreaker
This is a joke, right? Please tell me it's a joke

frayed knot!!

6 posted on 05/02/2003 9:32:59 AM PDT by WKB (If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes!)
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To: WKB
I won't believe this until I see it in more mainstream media (Fox News included).
7 posted on 05/02/2003 9:33:06 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: WKB
People with an ant hill in their garden must under no circumstances resort to the use of poison," said senior ant protection officer Dieter Kraemer. "This is a violation of federal nature protection laws and punishable with hefty fines."

Too bad the German's weren't as adamant about the poison gas that Saddam used in Iraq against his own people.

8 posted on 05/02/2003 9:34:18 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: WKB
Maybe we should sent them some fireants. That would change their minds in a hurry.
9 posted on 05/02/2003 9:34:40 AM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: tictoc; Michael81Dus; MadIvan
Over here!
10 posted on 05/02/2003 9:34:41 AM PDT by knighthawk (Full of power I'm spreading my wings, facing the storm that is gathering near)
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To: WKB
I kill fireants with an ice pick. It takes a while but it keeps me busy.
11 posted on 05/02/2003 9:34:50 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Smokers are people too, most are good people. But Will Rogers never met me.)
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To: WKB
C'mon, this is from The Onion, right?

}:-)4
12 posted on 05/02/2003 9:36:08 AM PDT by Moose4 (Mew havoc, and let loose the kittens of ZOT!)
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To: stars & stripes forever
This one's better that "do not remove the label on the mattress."
13 posted on 05/02/2003 9:36:25 AM PDT by PrincessB
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To: WKB
At least it's better than what the french are doing. They just surrendered to their new ant overlords.
14 posted on 05/02/2003 9:36:29 AM PDT by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS!)
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To: WKB
Okkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk
15 posted on 05/02/2003 9:37:54 AM PDT by Mo1 (I'm a monthly Donor .. You can be one too!)
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To: knighthawk
Thanks, I cannot confirm that. It´s not reported here - I can imagine that anthills in forests are under protection, yeah, but not in gardens.
16 posted on 05/02/2003 9:38:07 AM PDT by Michael81Dus
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To: WKB
Birds today; ants tomorrow.

I'm surprised more people here can't figure that out for themselves.

17 posted on 05/02/2003 9:40:15 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: bedolido
They have found it's much more fun torture to control everything from an individuals thoughts to his bowl movements.
18 posted on 05/02/2003 9:40:18 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: Moose4
C'mon, this is from The Onion, right?

}:-)4

Frayed Knot

19 posted on 05/02/2003 9:40:31 AM PDT by WKB (If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes!)
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To: WKB
Now the Germans are surrendering to the ants?

They must still be taking lessons from the French!

20 posted on 05/02/2003 9:40:35 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: spodefly
Maybe we should sent them some fireants. That would change their minds in a hurry.

Hehehe... yep, or some of these:

The dreaded "Bullet Ant" - shown actual size (!!)

21 posted on 05/02/2003 9:41:18 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: Sofa King
Kent Brockman: "Ladies and gentlemen, uh, we've just lost the picture, but what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has apparently been taken over -- 'conquered' if you will -- by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive Earthman or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain: there is no stopping them; the ants will soon be here. And I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves." (Deep Space Homer)
22 posted on 05/02/2003 9:42:01 AM PDT by jlogajan
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To: Gritty
"Now the Germans are surrendering to the ants? They must still be taking lessons from the French!"


lol... I needed a good laugh today. Thanks


23 posted on 05/02/2003 9:42:15 AM PDT by bedolido
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To: WKB
Leave it to the Germans, to pass a law to protect ants, after passing a law to exterminate, Jews, gays, and other undesirables as so deemed by the state.

There is something deep and dark in the minds of the Germanic people in that country.
24 posted on 05/02/2003 9:46:10 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: jlogajan
"...I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords."

Quick, hide the magnifying glasses!
25 posted on 05/02/2003 9:48:13 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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To: WKB
These parodies are just so damn funny. Is this from the Onion?
26 posted on 05/02/2003 9:50:47 AM PDT by SunStar (Democrats piss me off!)
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To: Sofa King
It least it's better than what the french are doing. They just surrendered to their new ant overlords.

"Ladies and Gentlemen, we have just lost the picture. But what we've seen speaks for itself. The Corvair spacecraft has apparently been taken over, conquered if you will, by a master race of giant space ants. It's difficult to tell from this vantage point whether they will consume the captive earth men or merely enslave them. One thing is for certain, there is no stopping them the ants will soon be here. And I for one welcome our new insect overlords. Would like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality I could be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar cave."
  --Kent Brockman

27 posted on 05/02/2003 9:50:48 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis
What the hell kind of report is this?

I guess my son will now have to put his magnifying glass away seeing he won't be able to re-focus the sun's rays and burn the these little insects anymore.

On a side note - I thought ants were one of the most sucessful creatures and made up the biggest population of all creatures in the world.

28 posted on 05/02/2003 9:52:00 AM PDT by hawkaw
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To: spodefly
My thoughts exactly, fireants would make the Germans fine tune what they are good at and that is making insecticides (Zyclon B for example).
29 posted on 05/02/2003 9:52:07 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: SunStar
These parodies are just so damn funny. Is this from the Onion?

I haerd it on a local radio station this morning.
Came home did a Google search and lo and behold there it was!

30 posted on 05/02/2003 9:52:36 AM PDT by WKB (If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes!)
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To: B Knotts
My husband and I inadvertently harmed some birds last week. My husband trimmed our red-tipped bushes, which were too tall. Not thinking about spring-time and the visable nest, he chopped away.

We saved the nest, with four robins eggs inside, put it back in the bushes. The mother robin found her babies, and they hatched the next day.

However, the nest is empty, now... the trimmed bush is much shorter, and we think the nest was too low. A cat or something must've killed the baby birds.

We wonder if will soon be served Friend of the Court papers, courtesy of PETA!
31 posted on 05/02/2003 9:52:57 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Lurking since 2000.)
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To: WKB
OK, so its illegal to kill an ant but ok to kill an unborn baby. Makes lots of sense.
32 posted on 05/02/2003 9:56:05 AM PDT by diamond6 ("Everyone who is for abortion HAS been born." Ronald Reagan)
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To: WKB
This has GOT to be a lost Monty-Python script.

My brother-in-law, who is a colonel in the USAF, is being posted to Stuttgart for a while, and wants us to come and visit. If I do, I might engage in a little rabble-rousing...make some anti-ant speeches, get some Germans to stomp on some ant mounds....then send a videotape of it to FOX. Or, maybe we should export our Fire Ants to them. That would open their eyes.
33 posted on 05/02/2003 9:57:47 AM PDT by Renfield
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To: diamond6
OK, so its illegal to kill an ant but ok to kill an unborn baby. Makes lots of sense.

Just as much sense as the candle lights for those on death row.

34 posted on 05/02/2003 9:58:54 AM PDT by WKB (If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes!)
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To: WKB
Sounds good to me -- if they would do that here, maybe we could keep the wackos busy for awhile.
35 posted on 05/02/2003 10:01:00 AM PDT by Old Professer
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To: WKB; Sofa King
I wonder if you are ticketed or arrested if you are driving along and run over a couple hundred on an ant trail? Maybe they could put up little ant bridges for overpasses to protect them.

At least it's better than what the french are doing. They just surrendered to their new ant overlords.

That was way too funny!

36 posted on 05/02/2003 10:02:29 AM PDT by Dad was my hero
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To: WKB
Thank God I'm here in America. I have been sitting at my desk all morning squishing ants as they run across the surface of my desk. I really need to figure out where they're coming from!
37 posted on 05/02/2003 10:04:50 AM PDT by Amore (I hate tag lines)
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To: WKB
He added that ants were highly valued by German foresters for eating insects which attack trees.

In that case the German foresters can declare just how much they value the ants, and everybody will be willing to arrange to the ants to be lovingly moved to a new home.

With a policy of Specie for Species there is no need for permits, hefty fines and ant protection officers.

38 posted on 05/02/2003 10:04:54 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Paging Nehemiah Scudder:The Crazy Years are peaking. America is ready for you.)
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To: WKB
Well there are always the "Three S's," - "Shoot, Shovel, and Shut-Up." Or more appropriatly, "Shovel, Stomp, and Shut-up." Ant-Police, dang, these people need to get a life.
39 posted on 05/02/2003 10:06:42 AM PDT by Nowhere Man
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To: Amore
Thank God I'm here in America. I have been sitting at my desk all morning squishing ants as they run across the surface of my desk. I really need to figure out where they're coming from!

I know, we had the same problem in the neighborhood, everyone seemed to be getting black-ants in their homes. I squashed a few on 'em myself and sometimes the cats would catch them. It's warming up a bit so hopefully they will be gone for a while, so far I haven't seen anymore withing the last week or so. I remember a year or two ago, it was ladybugs that were a problem.
40 posted on 05/02/2003 10:09:32 AM PDT by Nowhere Man
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To: WKB
I plan to soon grab a beer, go to a beautiful island, and use my crystal ball television to watch the world go mad.
41 posted on 05/02/2003 10:14:26 AM PDT by DeuceTraveler
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To: WKB
THis reminds me of a pesticide radio ad from a few years ago. It was about the joys of killing fire ants. I think it was Amdro. Peta went nuts.

42 posted on 05/02/2003 10:15:19 AM PDT by Jaded (rant away, it's what I expect anyway)
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To: WKB

"They're probably looking at me and saying, 'why, she wouldn't harm a fly'..."

43 posted on 05/02/2003 10:15:41 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: Ursus arctos horribilis
Leave it to the Germans, to pass a law to protect ants, after passing a law to exterminate, Jews, gays, and other undesirables as so deemed by the state.

No "law" was ever passed like that.

There is something deep and dark in the minds of the Germanic people in that country.

Apparently not any darker than what is in your own German hating mind.

45 posted on 05/02/2003 10:16:53 AM PDT by Hermann the Cherusker
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To: Old Professer
They must now apply for a permit from their local forestry office to have the ants carefully moved to local woods.

Just how would this be done!!

46 posted on 05/02/2003 10:18:06 AM PDT by WKB (If you ain't the lead dog the view never changes!)
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To: WKB
link -- http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_775325.html
47 posted on 05/02/2003 10:22:53 AM PDT by Some hope remaining.
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To: Charles Martel
The dreaded "Bullet Ant" - shown actual size (!!)

Depending on the size and resolution of your monitor of course. That thing's huge to me :).

48 posted on 05/02/2003 10:24:54 AM PDT by vollmond (The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Democrat Nine that day ...)
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To: WKB

49 posted on 05/02/2003 10:25:26 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: WKB
"People with an ant hill in their garden must under no circumstances resort to the use of poison," said senior ant protection officer Dieter Kraemer.

I guess that pouring gasoline all over a mound and lighting the sucker up would upset poor Dieter.

I think that the German people have a real problem. They seem to be easily victimized by the latest fad, and then go about doing whatever that fad calls for with great industriousness, no matter how stupid or immoral it may be. First, its kill the Jews and other "subhumans," then its be kind to animals (they let dogs in restaurants, for crying out loud), and now it is protection of ANTS. I mean, ants are only the most numerous species on earth. I would think that WE should be the ones protected from THEM. Quick, get those Iraqi oilwells a-pumpin' - we need more gasoline! Dieter, do you have a match?

50 posted on 05/02/2003 10:37:24 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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