Egypt Orders Slaughter of All Pigs: Overkill?

April 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Egyptian Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali, announced today every single pig inside the borders of Egypt would be slaughtered by health ministry workers, to prevent the spread of swine flu in the country, although there are no reported cases yet in Egypt. The nearly 300,000 swine will be killed starting today, but government officials will still allow the meat to be sold.

Egypt as a poor country has less health resources available to deal with an epidemic than richer western countries, and is doing what it can, but health experts say killing pigs won’t stop the spread of swine flu. The flu is now being transmitted from person to person and not from pigs to people.

Egypt had a scare a few years ago with a bird flu epidemic that severely affected Egypt, creating a panic, killing dozens of people and sickening hundreds. The country at that time, ordered the slaughter of nearly 25 million chickens, essentially wiping out the entire poultry industry in the country.

And now Egyptian health officials are taken the same steps with the swine flu scare, a step that is seen as overkill.

Meanwhile, the poor health workers are not the most popular people at the moment, with respect to pig farmers. Angry pig farmers are pelting rocks at the vehicles of government health workers when they arrive to kill the pigs, trying to stop the slaughter and save their farms.

Islamic countries don’t think highly of pigs, believing them to be unclean and don’t eat pork meat for religious reasons. The Country of Jordan also announced this week it was shutting down its pig farms.



3 Responses to “Egypt Orders Slaughter of All Pigs: Overkill?”

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  2. Pussycats10 on April 30th, 2009 11:37 am

    That is F#$*N Crazy!!!!! They should slaughter the people that came up with this crazy idea! They (all animals) are inocent… It is humans causing all the ills and illnesses of the world. Time and time again humans dissapoint….. which is why I prefer animals to humans.

  3. Wendy on April 30th, 2009 11:10 pm

    I’m with you Pussycats10. So far the pigs don’t have this. And it’s swine, bird and human strain. Humans are very sick animals.

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