To Hell With Russian War Trees

A European environmental organization (EPA) disqualified a Russian tree from its annual Tree of the Year Award contest because of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. A Polish oak tree was announced the winner of the 2022 EPA Annual Tree of the Year Award with the Spanish oak tree as runner-up and Portuguese oak tree in the third slot. 

Russia Today reported that the tree banned from the European competition was an oak tree said to have been planted almost two centuries ago by celebrated Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. It was knocked down by a strong windstorm around the beginning of March 2022.  

One of the presenters at the ceremony announced the Russian tree’s exclusion from EPA’s 2022 contest and the reason behind the decision. He called the Russian tree “innocent” and said the Russian tree will be displayed as a participant in the March 22 event without showing the numbers of votes it received.

On initial visit, the EPA website shows a pop-up note telling about the exclusion of the Russian tree from the contest. The note assures that the EPA’s move against the Russian tree is not aimed at “ordinary” Russian women and men. 

The punishment of the Russian tree by the EPA came a few weeks after Russian cats were banned by the Federation Internationale Feline from participating in international competitions. South China Morning Post reported that the ban on Russian cats will be in place until May 31 of this year.

The bans placed on non-human life forms—animals and plants—because of their Russian origin define the extremist ideology of the political environmentalism of the globalist left, standing in stark contrast to their self-promotional slogans of tolerance.

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