Polluting Pigs Part IV
The saga of polluting pigs continues, with both good and bad news. Good news first: The second of 26 nuisance lawsuits filed against Murphy Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, wrapped up in July 2018 with a $25 million verdict against Smithfield. A federal jury ruled that Smithfield should pay two neighbors living near a North Carolina Smithfield contractor’s pig farm the sizable sum due to bad odors, flies and loud trucks caused by the concentrated animal feeding operation. Maybe you want to try making something you’ve never made before or….Stop putting your kids’ food in plastic containers, top pediatricians sayCans, plastic containers, and processed meats are just a few of the culprits that, they say, often carry traces of toxins that can get into a child’s blood system and affect….FDA Warns Against Vaginal ‘Rejuvenation’ Devices Citing Scary Side EffectsVaginal rejuvenation procedures are a popular trend among medspas and other wellness facilities, not to mention as a B-plot storyline in several reality TV episodes. While….’Very promising’ drug may cure pancreatic cancerResearchers from Barts Cancer Institute found that the treatment cures mice with the disease by using the rodents’ immune cells to attack tumours, with similar medication being….LeBron James Opened A School For At-Risk Kids, And We Couldn’t Love Him MoreLeBron James started an incredible school for at-risk kids LeBron James can do it all.
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Many of the nation’s most routine animal farming practices would be illegal if perpetrated against cats and dogs. In his groundbreaking book, Animal Liberation, philosophy professor Peter Singer popularized the word speciesism. Farmed animals such as cows, pigs, and chickens are seen as objects to be turned into food. Farmed animals live sad lives-normally in dark warehouses that you wouldn’t even recognize as farms. To make the most profit, killing and disassembling animals must move quickly and many animals end up being conscious through much of the process.
A steady flow of investigations shows that terrible working conditions take a toll on the workers who will sometimes act out cruelly toward the animals. Dozens of undercover investigations have exposed the abuse of farmed animals and the industry has responded by trying to punish whistleblowers. A weight is lifted from my shoulders knowing I don’t pay people to kill animals. The growing number of successful vegan bodybuilders, weightlifters, and other athletes show you don’t need animal products to build muscle. Don’t worry about avoiding hidden animal ingredients-as society moves away from using animals these byproducts will disappear.
Because it takes more small animals to feed someone, it makes the most sense not to switch from eating one species of animal to another, but rather to cut back on all animal products at a pace you find sustainable. Combating speciesism means not supporting the violence inflicted on farmed animals-by cutting back and eventually eliminating animal products, you can help put an end to speciesism!
Swine flu confirmed in pigs
The Fowlerville Fair may be long gone but swine flu may not be. The Livingston County Health Department is reporting the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have identified pigs that were at the Fowlerville Fair that tested positive for swine flu. Steps were taken to isolate the pigs that were infected and to prevent any additional exposure. Symptoms of swine flu, or influenza A, showed up in the animals on Thursday, July 26 and results of the sickness were confirmed by a lab on Friday afternoon. There haven’t been any reports of human illnesses.
The Health Department and Fowlerville Fair Board want all swine exhibitors, their families, and anyone who visited the swine barn at the fair to be aware of the possible exposure to the infected pigs. Healthcare providers should also watch for patients with respiratory symptoms who report that they had visited the fair and the pig exhibits. The Health Department says that swine flu can spread quickly between pigs and while it doesn’t happen often, it can pass to humans. Droplets in the air that come from when sick pigs cough or sneeze is the most common way of transferring the flu. Human symptoms are similar to those of seasonal flu and can include fever, cough, runny nose, and sometimes body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Symptoms usually appear within three days of exposure but can occur up to 10 days. The Health Department’s full release is attached to this story.
Guinea pigs are generally hardy animals, but there are some ailments that can befall them. Dental Problems – as with all rodents, guinea pigs’ teeth continue to grow throughout their life. Guinea pigs require a high fibre diet to ensure the teeth are evenly worn and to prevent overgrowth. Ensure the diet contains sufficient fibre and that your guinea pigs have as much fresh hay and they can chew! It is best to move the guinea pig into an area of its own and take him to the vet as soon as possible, so the abscess can be treated.
Skin Complaints – Guinea pigs are prone to skin conditions. Your guinea pig will scratch these itchy areas which will develop scabs and cause its hair to fall out. It is important that you take your guinea pig to the vet for treatment. Vitamin C is also essential for many other processes in the body. Guinea pigs are not able to produce vitamin C themselves and therefore need vitamin C in their diet, so make sure you feed a diet that has sufficient vitamin C.
A lack of vitamin C can lead to lameness, loss of teeth, rough coat, alopecia and anorexia. It is important to take your guinea pig to the vet for treatment as soon as any of these symptoms occur. Keeping the hutch clean, dry and regularly treated with Keep It Clean should give your pet guinea pigs the best chance of a long and healthy life.