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If Animals Could Vote—Crawfish Would Demand To No Longer Be Eaten


(Blogger’s Note—This is the first of an occasional Texas Liberal series called “If Animals Could Vote.”) 

With the Louisiana primary this evening, it is clear what crawfish would demand if they could vote.

(Yes–A crawfish is an animal.)

They would demand to no longer be eaten.

I don’t think we have to be able to read the minds of these creatures to know what they would want.

Yes–I do read their minds. 

Louisiana would be the lead battleground for the crawfish eating issue in the United States.

Given what must their very high numbers in ponds and streams, I think the demands of crawfish –or crayfish as they are also known–would be met.

If they only had the vote.


 Imagine if crawfish had a political party and a graphics staff. They might devise a logo such as this—

I feel all crawfish would rally around this banner.

Below is an Australian yabby crayfish

Here is the scary scientific name it has —Cherax destructor.

(Both the links above are very informative)

What would it demand?

Nothing. It is so happy with the recent defeat of far-right Australian Prime Minister John Howard, it feels there is little more it could ask.

Except not to be eaten!

Below is information about the crayfish from the Australian Museum online— (Maybe if we understand crayfish better, we will be more likely to see their problems) 

Crayfish belong to a group of animals called Crustaceans and are part of the phylum Arthropoda. Other Arthropods are insects (Insecta), spiders (Arachnida), and centipedes and millipedes (Myriapoda). All Arthropods have a hardened outer shell, called cuticle (made from calcium carbonate) that acts as a skeleton. Crustaceans are distinguished from the other arthropods by their two pair of antennae – an outer pair called antennae, and an inner pair called antennules. Crayfish bodies are divided into three parts; the head, the thorax (the section that contains the legs), and the abdomen (or the tail, which is the edible part of many large crustaceans including crayfish, prawns and lobsters). Crayfish, like many crustacean have a carapace or shield which projects backwards from the head and covers all of the thorax The carapace has two functions; firstly it protects the delicate feather-like gills which branch off from the base of the legs, and secondly it provides a water channel that is a constant flow of oxygenated water to pass over the gills and enables the crayfish to breathe.

Here is information about crayfish in North America.

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February 10, 2008 Posted by | If Animals Could Vote | , , , , , | 12 Comments