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2009-05-04 12:45:00

Authorities in Egypt are following through with the nationwide slaughter of thousands of pigs in order to protect citizens against the swine flu virus despite criticism from the UN, which claims there is no need for the massive slaughter since the virus cannot be spread by pork consumption. On Saturday, Dr Souad Al-Khouli said there had been no reported cases of the H1N1 virus in humans or pigs in Egypt. The call to slaughter Egypt's entire pig population has been met with disruption among...

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2009-05-03 15:14:21

Officials said Saturday that the first swine flu virus in pigs was found in Canada. The pigs that were infected by a farm worker that visited Mexico.  Dr. Brian Evans, executive vice president with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, told a news conference that swine flu regularly causes outbreaks in pigs and the pigs do not pose a food safety risk.  Officials said that the pigs in the province of Alberta were considered to be infected by a Canadian farm worker that had recently...

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2009-04-29 10:39:50

A U.S. extension specialist says swine producers follow strict biosecurity protocols to prevent swine flu and other diseases in their herds. Steve Moeller, an Ohio State University swine specialist, says understanding the intensive protocols is important to consumers concerned about swine influenza outbreaks and the impact on pork safety. First, it is important to note that the virus has not been isolated in any animals to date, Moeller said. "In addition, swine influenza viruses are not...

2009-04-28 10:11:29

Trichina worms (Trichinella spp.) are roundworms that can invade a wide range of animals and man. People are most often infected through eating trichina-containing pork. For her doctorate, Rebecca Davidson investigated the incidence of trichina in red foxes in Norway. Her findings show that red foxes throughout Norway are liable to become infected, but that the parasite is most common in southern and especially south-eastern areas. The most frequently-found Trichinella species in the red fox,...

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2009-04-22 15:34:35

Scientists in South Korea have cloned a pig whose organs can be transplanted into humans. Lim Gio-Bin lead the project that resulted in the birth of the cloned piglet to a surrogate mother at the National Institution of Animal Science in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on April 3. The piglet was designed to lack the "alpha-gal" gene that causes tissue reaction exhibited in immuno-rejection, which has been the primary struggle for human organ transplants in the past. Lim told AFP that his team, which...

2009-04-14 11:23:20

A British man who used to farm pigs said he was arrested and held for more than 6 hours in a row concerning a pig statue in his back garden. Robin Demczak, 57, of Witney, England, said he put the black and white porcelain swine in his back garden with the sign no pigs long before Police Constable John Ablett moved in next door, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday. Demczak said the no pigs sign was made in reference to the fact that the shed in his garden used to be a pig sty. When I got rid...

2009-03-13 14:39:47

A southern China farmer said two otherwise healthy pigs were born without snouts on his farm. Fang Lianseng said his two unique swine were born at his Jingcheng farm alongside several siblings with the normal pig facial features, The Sun reported Friday. They look strange but their nostrils are inside their mouths and they breathe quite well, the farmer said. Veterinarians said the pigs may have been born without snouts as a result of a genetic mutation or pollution.

2009-02-09 09:57:00

HONOLULU, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Misleading labels on pork products are causing Hawaii residents and tourists to unwittingly participate in inhumane practices against animals. In response, a coalition of animal protection groups has submitted a petition to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to investigate if "island produced" pork labels, when used on meat from imported animals, are in violation of the Hawaii Meat Inspection Act. Stressed and exhausted from overcrowded and often...

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2009-01-30 13:22:55

The government said Friday four more people infected with the Ebola-Reston virus have been discovered in the Philippines and the possibility of pig-to-human transmission cannot be dismissed. Health Secretary leader Francisco Duque told a news conference that it was not a major health risk, but the government is testing people who might have been in contact with sick pigs at hog farms placed under quarantine since October of last year. Duque said the Ebola-Reston virus is both an animal and...

2009-01-11 15:49:59

British actress Joanna Lumley says she re-enacts the alleged mistreatment of pigs on European farms in a forthcoming documentary. Lumley said in the Jamie Saving Our Bacon documentary she will be penned inside a steel cage typically reserved for pregnant sows in an attempt to draw attention to the allegedly horrendous conditions on pig farms throughout Europe, The Sunday Times of London reported. The conditions they face are both physically and psychologically harrowing, Lumley tells TV...


Latest Pig Reference Libraries

Welsh Pig
2014-09-03 14:39:13

The Welsh pig is a breed of domestic pig that originated in Wales. This breed was developed in many Welsh regions including Cardigan, Montgomery, and Pembroke and is derived from the wild boar.  It became so popular after World War II that by 1954 there were 1,363 breeding boars. Despite its popularity, it is still kept mainly in its homeland and was not well known until the 1920’s, when the Welsh Pig Society was established. The Welsh pig reaches a weight between 271 and 304 pounds and...

Pot-Bellied Pig
2014-09-03 14:16:45

The pot-bellied pig, also known as the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, is a breed of domestic pig that originated from Vietnam. Today, the pig subspecies that is native to Vietnam can only be found in mountainous areas of that region, as well as Thailand, so the Vietnamese government now subsidizes farmers that raise pot-bellied pigs in order to ensure their survival. The pot-bellied pig is much smaller than farm pigs found in Europe or the United States, reaching a weight between one hundred...

Ossabaw Island Hog
2014-09-02 09:37:37

The Ossabaw Island hog, also known as the Ossabaw Island, is a breed of pig that developed from a herd of feral pigs on Ossabaw Island, Georgia in the United States. The original population of hogs was brought to the island by the Spaniards during the sixteenth century for the purpose of later consumption, which was a typical practice during Spanish exploration at that time. The pigs became isolated on the island for hundreds of years and had little interaction with domestic pig breeds or...

Choctaw Hog
2014-08-27 09:43:31

The Choctaw hog is a breed of domestic pig that originated in the United States of America after Spaniards brought livestock to the area in the sixteenth century. The breed was used by Native Americans and European settlers as well as many others for over three hundred years. During the nineteenth century, the Choctaw people moved into the Oklahoma Territory and in 1830 the government forcibly removed the people of the Five Civilized Tribes into Oklahoma, who brought with them more hogs. The...

Göttingen Minipig
2014-08-13 12:00:03

The Göttingen minipig, also known as the Göttinger, is a domestic breed of miniature pig that was developed in Europe for the purpose of biomedical research. Using pigs in medical research has been popular for centuries, as they show many similarities to the human anatomy. This breed of pig was developed by crossing the Vietnamese potbelly pig with the Minnesota minipig and was later crossed with the German landrace breed to give it a pink or white skin color. It was made available to...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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