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Egypt orders all pigs slaughtered. Stupidity, panic, religious persecution, or all three?

 
 
DrewDad
 
Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 08:47 am
Egypt orders slaughter of all pigs over swine flu

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CAIRO " Egypt began slaughtering the roughly 300,000 pigs in the country Wednesday as a precautionary measure against the spread of swine flu even though no cases have been reported here yet, the Health Ministry said.

The move immediately provoked resistance from pig farmers. At one large pig farming center just north of Cairo, farmers refused to cooperate with Health Ministry workers who came to slaughter the animals and the workers left without carrying out the government order.

"It has been decided to immediately start slaughtering all the pigs in Egypt using the full capacity of the country's slaughterhouses," Health Minister Hatem el-Gabaly told reporters after a Cabinet meeting with President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt's overwhelmingly Muslim population does not eat pork due to religious restrictions. But the animals are raised and consumed by the Christian minority, which some estimates put at 10 percent of the population.

Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman estimated there were between 300,000-350,000 pigs in Egypt.

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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 08:50 am
yes but in the spirit of kindness they are offering the meat to israel
chai2
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 08:55 am
@djjd62,
djjd62 wrote:

yes but in the spirit of kindness they are offering the meat to israel


who by the way, are not calling it swine flu, but Mexican flu.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 09:19 am
@DrewDad,
All three.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 29 Apr, 2009 09:30 am
@chai2,
We had a hanta virus outbreak, some years ago. They called it Navajo flu before it was identified. It was quickly changed to something more politically acceptable. It did infect the same young, healthy population as the swine flu, though. Hmmmm.
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