The Asian carp was given a new name because the old name was considered elemental. The New York Post reports that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has initiated the change to avoid using terms that have negative connotations of Asian culture and people.
Critics of the move believe it may pose problems so far.
In April this year. The US Fish and Wildlife Service has renamed “Asian carp,” the freshwater fish that wreaks havoc in the Midwest, to “invasive carp.” “We wanted to walk away from any word that casts a negative light on Asian culture and people,” said Charlie Woolley, director of the AP’s regional office in the Great Lakes region.
Minnesota has long since stopped using the term “Asian carp,” which refers to four different species, and a group called the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee plans to do the same from August 2.
The news of the name change sparked a prank reaction on social media, the New York Post reports. Black coffee comes next (for a change), followed by Chinese food, Mexican food, white lies, brown sugar, etc. – One Twitter user wrote.
Many surfers pointed out that the name “Asian carp” refers to the fact that the fish was brought to the United States from China to preserve ponds before it spread into rivers.
Another invasive species – the gypsy moth – was recently renamed by the American Entomological Association as some gypsies consider its name a racial insult. Gypsy butterfly caterpillars have taken over northern New York this year, leaving leafless forests and surrounding yards in caterpillar droppings.
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