Top 10 Reasons Not to Eat Pigs
Pigs Have Feelings TooNinety-seven percent of pigs in the United States today are raised in factory farms, where they will never run across sprawling pastures, bask in the sun, breathe fresh air, or do anything else that comes naturally to them. According to research, pigs are much smarter than dogs, and they even do better at video games than some primates. Pigs are extremely clever animals who form complex social networks and have excellent memories. Eating a pig is like eating your dog! As actor Cameron Diaz put it after hearing that pigs have the mental capacities of a 3-year-old human: ” like eating my niece!”. Pigs Prefer Mud, Not Crud.Pigs are actually very clean animals. If they are given sufficient space, pigs are careful not to soil the areas where they sleep or eat. In factory farms, they’re forced to live in their own feces and vomit and even amid the corpses of other pigs. Conditions are so filthy that at any given time, more than one-quarter of pigs suffer from mange-think of your worst case of poison ivy, and imagine having to suffer from it for the rest of your life. Factory farms are pure hell for pigs and their babies. Mother pigs spend most of their lives in tiny “Gestation” crates, which are so small that the animals are unable to turn around or even lie down comfortably. In order to keep pigs alive in conditions that would otherwise kill them and to promote unnaturally fast growth, the industry keeps pigs on a steady diet of the antibiotics that we depend on to treat human illnesses. More than 170,000 pigs die in transport each year, and more than 420,000 are crippled by the time they arrive at the slaughterhouse. Transport trucks, which carry pigs hundreds of miles through all weather extremes with no food or water, regularly flip over, throwing injured and dying animals onto the road. These terrified and injured animals are rarely offered veterinary care, and most languish in pain for hours; some even bleed to death on the side of the road. After an accident in April 2005, Smithfield spokesperson Jerry Hostetter told one reporter, “I hate to admit it, but it happens all the time.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture documented 14 humane slaughter violations at one processing plant, where inspectors found hogs who “Were walking and squealing after being stunned as many as four times.” Because of improper stunning methods and extremely fast line speeds, many pigs are still alive when they are dumped into scalding-hot hair-removal tanks-they literally drown in scalding-hot water. Ditch the Bacon and Get Fakin’Save pigs from hell and yourself from bad health by feasting on faux pork products instead. Stuff a sandwich full of Yves brand veggie ham slices, or throw some Lightlife Smart Bacon into a sizzling skillet-the freezer and “Health food” sections of your local grocery or health food stores are packed full of these and other tasty substitutes.
Swine Health Information and Resources
Senecavirus A,, belongs to the same family as foot and mouth disease “Picornaviridae”. It has been identified in U.S. swine since the 1980s and is occasionally implicated in sporadic outbreaks of idiopathic vesicular disease. Recently, Senecavirus A has been frequently associated with clinical signs and gross lesions that are indistinguishable from vesicular FADs, including FMD, vesicular stomatitis and swine vesicular disease; making rapid response and differential diagnosis imperative. Disease has been also reported in Canada, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and, most recently, in Brazil. Since this virus mimics lesions of vesicular diseases in pigs, Senecavirus A was added to the CDFA “List of Reportable Conditions for Animals and Animal Products” in the Emergency Conditions column. All cases of vesicular disease must be reported immediately to CDFA/USDA to ensure rapid detection of catastrophic diseases such as FMD. In October 2015, Senecavirus A was the cause of snout vesicles on four pigs in a group of 180 out-of-state market hogs at a federally-inspected slaughter facility in California. The CDFA/Animal Health Branch conducted a FAD investigation on this outbreak, testing samples at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory for FMD the same day. Further testing of the animals for other swine vesicular diseases performed by the USDA/National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed Senecavirus A. More recently, one case in July 2016 and two cases in September 2016 were detected positive with Senecavirus A as a result of swine FAD investigations conducted by CDFA/Animal Health Branch and USDA Veterinary Services personnel. All three positive cases were in out-of-state market hogs that arrived at a federally inspected slaughter facility in California. As vesicular lesions can be caused by several diseases, including FMD, foreign animal disease diagnosticians respond to these cases immediately by sending samples to the CAHFS Laboratory to test for FADs the same day. Further testing of samples and differential diagnosis at NVSL for other swine diseases such as FMD, SVD, VS and African swine fever confirmed Senecavirus A. This disease has not been diagnosed in California before October 2015, but since then has initiated numerous swine FAD investigations in the state and nationally. Herd Veterinarian Producer Intensive observation ofanimals for gross lesions and clinical signs Upon encountering a suspectcase, the veterinarian should: Stay at the site andenhance biosecurity. Do not move animals which are ill, exhibiting clinical signs or active lesions. If possible, segregate/isolate affected animals on the site. Document movements leading up to and immediately surrounding the onset of clinical signs Cooperate with sample collection and submission as part of a FAD investigation under the direction of CDFA/USDA. Senecavirus A, Swine Health Information Center Fact Sheet.