Swine flu by
any other name is still swine flu
May 6, 2009
Swine flu by
any other name is still swine flu. But because pork producers are worried that
swine flu will hurt U.S. pork sales, authorities are now referring to it as the
"H1N1 virus." By removing the word "swine" from "swine flu, to help pork
producers sell more sausage and bacon, officials are essentially letting the
meat industry off the hook for fostering life-threatening diseases.
Swine flu is
called "swine flu" for a reason, because it afflicts pigs. (It's a combination
of pig, bird, and human influenzas.) Health experts have been quick to point out
that people can't catch swine flu from eating "properly-prepared" pork, but
raising pigs for pork is what puts people at risk for swine flu in the first
place. People's desire to eat meat means that pigs, chickens, cows, and other
animals must be mass-produced in crowded, waste-filled factory farms.
flourishes on pig farms, where tens of thousands of pigs are packed in filthy,
damp sheds that stink of urine and feces. Lawmakers in Veracruz, Mexico, where
the swine flu outbreak is believed to have originated, have acknowledged that
pig and chicken farms are breeding grounds for disease. Because animals are kept
in such close proximity, and in such putrid conditions, the viruses that cause
swine flu, bird flu and other illnesses often mutate into a pathogenic form and
of animal-borne illnesses like swine flu and bird flu indicates that we must
change our intensive farming practices, not just in Mexico or Asia, but in the
U.S. as well. Between 30 and 50 percent of pigs in the U.S. have been infected
with some strain of swine flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Dr. Michael Greger, the Humane Society of the United States' director of public
health and animal agriculture, an H1N1 avian flu virus jumped from birds to
humans in 1918, and killed around 50 million people. Humans passed the virus to
pigs and it's become one of the most common causes of respiratory disease on
North American pig farms. In 1998, a new pig/human virus was identified on a hog
farm in North Carolina. Within a year, a hybrid of a human virus, a pig virus,
and a bird virus had spread throughout the U.S. Some experts believe that the
new swine flu viruses are on an evolutionary fast track, jumping between species
at an unprecedented rate.
Another infection, MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staphylococcus
bacterium that kills more Americans than AIDS, is also linked to pig farms.
A study by a University of Iowa epidemiologist found that 45
percent of the pig farmers and 49 percent of the hogs sampled carried MRSA.
Researchers in the Netherlands determined that pig farmers there were 760 times
more likely than the general population to carry MRSA. Scientists have also
found MRSA in at least 68 percent of the pig farms in Belgian. In 37 percent of
the cases, the farmer and the farmer's family carried pig MRSA, a variant of
If we don't
want pigs, chickens, and cows to be our downfall, either through animal-borne
diseases or through heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, it's time we revaluate
the way we treat them -- and the way we eat. The fewer animals we raise, the
fewer animal-borne diseases there will be. And since meat is high in saturated
fat and cholesterol, everyone would be better off if they traded in their pork
sausage, hamburgers, and chicken's legs for soy sausage, veggie burgers, and
Comment: The Swine Flu, or the
politically correct name, “H1N1 virus”, was a disaster waiting to happen.
"The so-called 'swine flu' exploded because an environmental
disaster simply moved (and with it, took jobs from US workers) to Mexico where
environmental and worker safety laws, if they exist, are not enforced against
powerful multinational corporations."
- The Narco News Bulletin
"In 1997 [Smithfield]
was the nation's seventh-largest pork producer; by 1999 it was the largest.
Smithfield now kills one of every four pigs sold commercially in the United
- Rolling Stone Magazine
Smithfield Foods has been sued multiple times in the US for improperly managing
their feces. Locals have long complained about the stench from the “lagoon of
exploitation and use of animals as products has resulted in this latest
outbreak. As with other influenza viruses, swine flu viruses change constantly,
and different variations emerge. In addition to swine flu, pigs can also be
infected by human and avian influenza.
Factory farms, or animal concentration camps, are a living hell for all victims
who must endure a short, miserable, and cruel existence before being slaughtered
for our selfish consumption. The silent suffering and death of millions of farm
animals cannot be overstated. GIVE THEM VOICE.
benefits of a plant-based diet are many. For one’s own health, in the name of
food-safety, the environment, and FOR THE ANIMALS, make the compassionate and
ethical decision to GO VEGAN NOW!
Hallmark convicted of horrendous
January 15, 2014
Canadian pork industry trying to
forestall deadly virus, PED; 2018 African Swine
Intensive, industrialised agriculture is at fault. Thanks to numerous undercover
videos, like those of Mercy For Animals, we all know what the livestock industry
has tried to keep hidden for so long. Media is finally beginning to report on
what the powerful have tried to keep from the public.
January 25, 2009
CFIA confirms avian flu outbreak on B.C. farm
December 2, 2014
Fraser Valley farms quarantined after presence of H5 avian influenza confirmed
Factory farming or intensive farming is the culprit in the cause and spread of
these diseases. Animals are treated as “production units” and denied their most
basic needs, confined in filthy and inhumane conditions. It’s the bottom line
that matters, nothing more. Under our country’s
Health of Animals Act, financial compensation is given to farmers
whose animals are destroyed by the CFIA. Government protects corporate interests
and the powerful agricultural industry.
Vested interests like to blame wild
birds for the spread of avian flu say experts like Dr Leon Bennun. Michael
Greger, MD writes; "In a sense,
pandemics aren't born—they're made.
"The bottom line is that humans
have to think about how they treat their animals, how they farm them, and how
they market them—basically the whole relationship between the animal kingdom and
the human kingdom is coming under stress."
Bird Flu: A Virus of our Own Hatching
December 3, 2014
Avian flu quarantine expands to 4
Fraser Valley farms
Fifth B.C. poultry farm under
quarantine due to avian flu; 7 countries have now restricted imports
Comment: This is the fourth
outbreak in the Fraser Valley since 2005. The public has become wise to industry
propaganda and marketing schemes that present an idyllic life for the birds,
due, in part to disturbing undercover video exposing inhumane living conditions
and cruel treatment by employees. The reality is that the inherent practices of
factory farming creates illness and pandemics.
practices don’t change unless the bottom line is affected. The farmers have only
themselves to blame now that seven countries have placed varying
restrictions on importing poultry meat or poultry products from B.C. or Canada.
No doubt, more consumers will change their eating habits in light of this news,
and increasingly move toward a compassionate lifestyle, shunning the unnecessary
and unhealthy consumption of animal products.
December 10, 2014 update:
The number of farms under quarantine has now risen to eight, as the avian flu
spreads. Roughly 155,000 birds either have been or will be destroyed. Singapore
has also joined the ranks of other countries restricting or banning imports,
with the likelihood of more to come.
December 15, 2014
Officials have confirmed a
Langley farm is the latest to hit by an avian flu outbreak that has already
affected hundreds of thousands of birds in B.C. That pushes the total number of
birds that are either dead or set to be euthanized to 233,800. (Source: CTV
BC) And, you can be sure it’s not over yet.
2014 11th farm hit with Avian flu,
outbreak that started in Chilliwack enters U.S.
The avian flu has now hit 12 farms
and spread to Lynden, WA. The 12th farm in Aldergrove is a “non-commercial” one,
consisting of ducks, chickens, geese and turkeys. A nearby resident said birds
were being improperly disposed of.
one expert is concerned the highly pathogenic
strain will spread throughout North America as wild birds begin winter
January 8, 2015
Washington, Oregon activate bird
flu response; 30 countries restrict U.S. poultry
April 13, 2015
CFIA: 29 farms quarantined due to
avian flu outbreak near Woodstock
Animal agriculture is fundamentally inhumane and this exemplifies the realities
of the industry. Suffering and death is simply business. It’s an affront to
humanity and needs to end. We all have a choice not to participate in such
atrocities and injustices – make the smart choice today, go vegan.
April 21, 2015
flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens
Alarm raised over factory farming
in Fraser Valley; typical farm audit questions
by MFA reveals severe abuse of dairy cows at Chilliwack Cattle Sales; inherent
wrongs exposed throughout industry; flagrant abuse at Quebec veal farm; mad cow
disease AB; countries ban Cdn beef due to BSE
Pet cat in U.S.
catches swine flu
WASHINGTON - A cat in
Iowa has tested positive for H1N1 swine flu, the first time a cat has been
diagnosed with the new pandemic strain, the American Veterinary Medical
Association said Wednesday.
The 13-year-old cat
apparently caught the virus from one of the people living in the house, the
group said in a statement. It has recovered and does not appear to have infected
anyone or anything else.
Pigs are the original
source of the H1N1 virus and it has been found in several herds, as well as in a
pet ferret. Ferrets are especially susceptible to human influenza viruses.
"Two of the three
members of the family that owns the pet had suffered from influenza-like illness
before the cat became ill," Iowa Department of Public Health Veterinarian Dr.
Ann Garvey said in a statement. "This is not completely unexpected, as other
strains of influenza have been found in cats in the past." Both the cat and its
owners have recovered from their illnesses.
The AVMA has a website
on H1N1 illnesses in U.S. animals at
Dogs and horses also can catch various influenza strains, although none have so
far been diagnosed with H1N1. "Indoor pets that live
in close proximity to someone who has been sick are at risk and it is wise to
monitor their health to ensure they aren't showing signs of illness," said Dr.
David Schmitt, state veterinarian for Iowa.
The new H1N1 passes
easily from person to person and has infected millions globally since March,
killing at least 5,000 people whose infections have been documented.
Association of Swine Veterinarians
offers the following recommendations:
should emphasize good on-farm biosecurity practices.
Appropriate precautions (including hand-washing, mask
and gloves during necropsies, personal protective
equipment such as N95 respirators and goggles, etc.)
should be implemented to minimize the risk of infection
and disease transmission.
current swine influenza vaccinations to control clinical
signs of disease in pigs and utilize vaccines against
the novel H1N1 if shown to reduce viral shedding and the
risk of transmission to pork production personnel.
the USDA's swine influenza surveillance program designed
to detect novel influenza viruses including the pandemic
H1N1. The AASV encourages its members to submit samples
from pigs exhibiting influenza-like illness (lethargy,
inappetence, fever, nasal/ocular discharge, sneezing,
and coughing) to a veterinary diagnostic laboratory for
differential testing. Also, pigs exhibiting clinical
signs of illness should not be shipped to slaughter
until the clinical signs have resolved.