Posts Tagged ‘pigs’

Tragic Irony Fail

October 5th, 2010 No comments

Have you seen this one yet?  It’s made it into my email inbox from a couple of different people.  I suspect none of them ever considered what they are saying.

“This is undoubtedly one of the best I have seen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Have a fun filled day.”

(the rest reads like it’s copied from a newspaper article)

“In a zoo in California , a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth.

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother’s cub’s, perhaps she would improve.

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species, will take on the care of a different species. The only ‘orphans’ that could be found quickly, were a litter of weanling pigs The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops??

Take a look…”

(And then the moral exhortation comes at the end of the note …)

“Now, please tell me one more time ……..? Why can’t the rest of the world get along??”

In case the irony isn’t obvious, know that all the people who sent this to me all kill (or rather hire out the killing) and eat pigs themselves.  The people who sent me this email literally embody the negative imagery they imagine (and celebrate) this image negating.

“Why can’t the rest of the world get along?”


Belly and Body, serving the belly god today.

February 5th, 2010 No comments

It just doesn’t get any more current than this.  He just had to eat the dog in sacrifice to the belly god …

But, as I’ve learned, logic has its limits. It’s the heart not the head that governs this world under the sway of the dizzy gods.

Read more…

Swine Flu, CAFOs – with Updates

May 2nd, 2009 No comments

Updates at the bottom.

Closer to confirming the flu’s origin in US Hog Farms.  Why not – we started the CAFO model.

And from one of the articles referenced in that one …

H3N2 — the letters denote specific gene variants that code for replication-enhancing enzymes — is the name of a hybrid first identified in North Carolina in 1998, the tail end of a decade which saw the state’s hog production rise from two million to 10 million, even as the number of farms dropped. H3N2 originated in a relatively benign swine flu strain first identified in 1918, but had absorbed new genes from bird and human flus.

My family’s farm was literally right next to a chicken CAFO.  Ok, that’s not so much interesting as it his heavy.  This bug was originally thought to be  a mutant version of swine/avian flu.   All our employees were Mexican and traveled back and forth from our place to wherever they lived in Mexico to see their families.  What the hell, for all I know this whole thing could have started at our farm.  What a thought.  Not that we’re the only hog farm that is right next to a chicken farm, whose employees are mostly Mexican migrant workers … but still.  It started somewhere and the nature of CAFOs make them bug evolving nightmares.

This model is wrong … on so many levels.

Updates (5/3)

Video clip  (5/4)

Traced to North Carolina (5/5)

Officially Declared a Pandemic by the WHO (6/11)

Swine Flu, Part Deux

April 29th, 2009 No comments

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m happy about any reduction in meat eating.  I’m happy that many people are learning about CAFO’s because of swine flu who otherwise would never have known, or cared for that matter.  I’m not happy about fear mongering, the threat of real pandemics, or human illness though.  I hope this thing plays out in such a way that we can move beyond the panic and get down to looking more seriously at how CAFO’s are breeding grounds for new bugs, viral and bacterial alike (antibiotic resistance is something that is being acknowledged as an issue in terms of CAFO’s already), this isn’t the first scare and it certainly won’t be the last if we don’t change the system that’s currently in place – which begins with our appetite for flesh.  

Here’s a interesting site – Food and Water Watch.  It has interactive maps of CAFO’s, information about industrial food production, etc.    And an article from the HSUS on factory farming & swine flu.

Another connection that might be of interest regarding a nasty little bug called Pfiesteria, here and here.

Swine Flu and Factory Farming

April 28th, 2009 No comments

I was trying to link to relevant articles but there are getting to be too many.  The whole world is now having to look at CAFO’s and the other white meat.

  • This is my favorite so far on the (potential) link between CAFO’s and the current problem.  Nature Biting Back
  • I can’t help but include this one though – it’s one of my all time favorites.  Pork’s Dirty Secret (from 2006)

Of course there are also some links to older articles (not just now because of the flu outbreak) at the bottom of the resources page.