We Pigs News for 01-26-2018

GM Pig Study Is Deeply Flawed

A new study that links genetically modified foods to stomach inflammation in pigs, is misleading and flawed, according to multiple scientists who weren’t involved in it. According to the paper [PDF], 168 pigs were fed either normal soy and corn feed or genetically modified soy and corn feed for five months, the average time a pig will spend on a farm before it is slaughtered. The study authors concluded that the pigs that ate GM feed were more likely to have severely inflamed stomachs and the female pigs fed GM feed had bigger uteri, and called for more long-term studies on GM foods. Critics of the paper say that the study is flawed because the statistics used were abnormal. In reality, the study suggests that the GM pigs were no less healthy than those fed non-GM food when they were killed, though both groups had a high rate of illness, and almost 15% of them died before the end of the trial, possibly from bad practices. Because the team measured so many variables, random chance meant the non-GM feed group showed abnormalities too – 15% of non-GM feed pigs had heart abnormalities, while only 6% of GM feed pigs did. Mark Lynas suggested the Daily Mail would title their coverage: “Pigs fed non-GMO feed 100% more likely to develop heart and liver problems, study finds.” If the GMO feed really did cause stomach inflammation, there should have also been more cases of “Moderate” inflammation and fewer cases of “Nil inflammation,” but in reality, the GMO fed group actually had twice as many pigs without stomach inflammation, says Mark Hoofnagle, of Denialism Blog. It’s possible it could be related to the feed’s soybean content, because they are known to impact hormone activity in animals. The difference in uterine weight could come if on feed contained more soybeans than the other. There’s also a link between swollen uteri and a chemical called Zearalenone, which the researchers didn’t test the feed for. Analysis of the animals’s feed also flagged warnings for some. David Tribe, of GMO Pundit noted that the feed was moldy. While technically within allowed limits, levels of the fungal toxin fumonisin were at levels in the GM feed that when chronically fed to pigs could be toxic, and were more than double the levels in the non-GM feed. Though the authors claim no conflicts of interest, the funding for the study itself was provided by Verity Farms, owned by one of the study’s authors, which sells non-GMO grains.

Keywords: [“feed”,”pig”,”study”]
Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/gm-pig-study-is-deeply-flawed-2013-6

Los Angeles Guinea Pig Rescue

NEW* Animal Birthday Parties on the Ranch Parties are three hours and offered on Saturday and Sundays at 10am and at 1pm. Parties include a ranch tour, meet & greet visit with all our rescued animals, the use of the front area of the ranch that we set up in cute ranch style with tables, checkered table clothes etc,. 25 minimum suggested donation for two pigs, $15 for a single pig. Guinea Pigs Love Company Children and Guinea Pigs If you are interested in adopting for your children you must read this first before deciding that a guinea pig is the right pet for your family You may decide that a guinea pig is not for you after reading this information kindly provided by Cavy Spirit,Kids and Guinea Pigs Hercules the Really Really Big & Huge Hunk of Love! This Video went Viral! Going Away? Need Boarding? We recommend the Guinea Pig Hotel in Northridge run by Kate who is also a trusted volunteer. Guinea Pigs are social creatures that thrive in the company of other pigs. Because of this we do not re home single guinea pigs unless the animal is to be a companion for the guinea pig you already have. So please count on adopting at least a pair or trio of guinea pigs. PLEASE FILL OUT THE SURRENDER FORMPlease do not call if you need to give up a guinea pig. This video will give you a good idea of where our guinea pigs live and how we care for them. 3 is the perfect number and make for happy piggies – same adoption fee for 2 or 3 guinea pigs)$100 for a pair/trio that contains a neutered boar. 75- for a fixed Cuy male Check Out Our Guinea Pig Blog We added a blog to preserve our more interesting Facebook posts. Giant Guinea Pigs – have you seen one? Do you own or know one? Things we need are on our Wishlist We were at KTLA promoting the rescue! Guinea Pig Savvy Vets Dr Jody Milburn – Animal Hospital of Thousand Oaks 1772 Avenida de Los Arboles, Suite F Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Guinea Pig Cages The typical pet store cages are NOT OK for guinea pigs – even the XL versions. If this is a problem for you then we suggest you look into adopting a different animal altogether, preferably one that will not be restricted to a cage or is happy with a smaller living arrangement like a hamster It is our job to make sure the pigs will live in an appropriate cage that will keep them healthy and happy. So do not buy a cage yet till you have read the cage requirements. We have been caring for and rescuing guinea pigs for over 17 years.

Keywords: [“pig”,”Guinea”,”cage”]
Source: https://www.laguineapigrescue.com

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