CAIRO – 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 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. center just north of
"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 .
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.
Pigs can be found in many places around Muslim world, often raised by religious minorities who can eat pork. But they are banned entirely in some Muslim countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Libya.
In Jordan, the government decided Wednesday to shut down the country's five public health safety regulations., involving 800 animals, for violating
Look, I'm not going to condone the slaughter of 350,000 pigs, but if you're a country, and you read this blog for all of your truths, and you're really, really scared of the Animal Uprising 2012 (as you damn well should be), then I can understand this reaction. Knee jerk as it may be, for those terrified and motivated to sustain the human race in the face of our impending doom, this is, somewhat, kind of, sort of, understandable ... in a roundabout fashion ... maybe ...