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Swine free

Posted in Precautions by Quiet Giant on May 1, 2009

428341583_79f8bab39a (photo courtesy The Pug Father @ Flickr.com, via Creative Commons)

On a trip this scale, the number of things you imagine could possibly go awry seems inversely proportional to the amount of time left before takeoff. So, Freak Out City, USA, with about a day separating us from Logan Airport. But tell your cautionary loved ones they can at least sleep tight when it comes to the swine flu; there may not even be any pigs left in Egypt by Saturday afternoon. Via the AP:

“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.

Egyptian authorities have zero documented or reported cases of the flu, by the way. Just being cautious.

In America, the mere suggestion that we exterminate the nation’s entire piggy population would draw ire from animal rights activists, and likely spur at least a couple of serious conversations among ethicists. Not to detract from Egypt’s collective decision-making skills. It’s simply worth noting the majority of its Muslim population doesn’t eat pork.

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