Thread: Pigs in Egypt?
#1 Pigs in Egypt?04-29-2009, 10:17 AM
Egypt slaughtering all pigs to stop swine flu
Apr 29 07:34 AM US/Eastern
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CAIRO (AP) - The Egyptian government says it has begun slaughtering all pigs in the country as a precautionary measure against the possible spread of swine flu.
The Health Ministry says the slaughter of the country's 300,000 pigs will begin immediately.
The ministry has stated several times that there are no cases swine flu in the country, however neighboring Israel has reported two.
What would they have pig in Eygpt for? Halal bacon ?
04-29-2009, 10:25 AM
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Are you under the impression that every person in Egypt is Muslim? You've never heard of Coptic Christians? There are millions of them in Egypt."Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
04-29-2009, 10:33 AM
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04-29-2009, 10:56 AM
I expect this move is more about sticking it to the Christians than any concerns over public health issues.
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#9 Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull04-29-2009, 10:10 PM
Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull
Egyptian leaders ordered the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of pigs today to help protect against swine flu, prompting angry protests from the poor Christan farmers who feed their animals with a country's food scraps. The decision was also criticised as a "real mistake" by a senior UN food expert.
The Arab world's most populous nation has been been badly hit by the H5N1 bird flu virus in recent years and the move to cull up to 400,000 pigs - seen by Muslims as unclean animals - was designed to calm fears of an impending pandemic.
But it left Egypt's large Coptic Christian minority up in arms, especially the slum-dwelling "Zebaleen" rubbish collectors who rely on the hogs for their livelihood. Scores of them blocked the streets and stoned the vehicles of Health Ministry workers as they arrived to carry out the government's order at pig farms on the outskirts of Cario this afternoon.
This is really pretty sad.
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