An African dung beetle’s text from boarding school:
Hi Mum and Dad
Can I come home? The food here’s shit.
What a furore! It was in all the papers. Farmers wanted to introduce the African Dung Beetle to the country.
“There’s too much cow shit lying about,” said Farmer Harry. “It can’t decompose fast enough. The cow poo needs a helping hand, and the African Dung Beetle is just what the doctor ordered. It’s just the ticket. It’s almost too good to be true.”
The members of Gaea, the Mother Earth Society, were up in arms.
“The introduction of a foreign species will cause irreparable harm to the balance of the environment. For starters, it will increase the amount of methane floating into the stratosphere.”
The Government intervened. They set up a Commission to investigate the pros and cons of introducing the African Dung Beetle. Farmer Harry was appointed chairperson.
“Farmer Harry is a farmer,” protested Gaea, the Mother Earth Society. “He is in favour of the introduction of the African Dung Beetle. There’s no chance in hell he could be objective.”
So the Government appointed Ms Brasilia Bojovic-Hogwood to be the chairperson of the Commission. She was the Founding President of Gaea, the Mother Earth Society.
Gaea, the Mother Earth Society’s members were delighted.
“At last!” they said, “some objectivity can be brought into the discussion.”