Global swine fever epidemic

  • sirtacos 30 May 2019 02:48:31 8,244 posts
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    A pandemic threatens to destabilise economies as it sweeps through factory farms around the world.

    Article here

    Countries have been pre-emptively slaughtering pigs by the millions.

    China, one of the world's largest pig farmers, has taken to burying pigs alive in mass graves. And burning them alive, too. It's a porcine holocaust and it's fucking horrifying.

    There are videos of these "euthanisation" procedures online if you want to feel awful about human civilization as a whole.

    I suggest turning the sound on (wouldn't want to miss the screaming) .

    [Ms Li Sixu, general manager of Hebei Xinda Livestock Company] has recently overseen the live burial of 6,000 pigs and disposal of a further 15,000 already struck down by the virus.

    "In February, we realised pigs were dying at an alarming speed. First 200 a day, then 300, then 500," she said.

    "We suspected it was African swine fever and after confirmation, we started burying pigs alive."

    "Within two days, we buried around 20,000 pigs at the southern part of our farm the dead-pig pit."
    I genuinely can't wrap my mind around how fucked up the systems that underpin our global economy are.

    Edited by sirtacos at 03:08:09 30-05-2019
  • Deleted user 30 May 2019 06:23:18
    Time to go vegan.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 May 2019 06:50:38 10,631 posts
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    Good luck going vegan if you live near 20,000 barbecued pigs
  • Deleted user 30 May 2019 06:59:17
    I suppose if that doesn't turn you vegan then not much will.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 May 2019 07:10:41 10,631 posts
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    But bacon
  • Trafford 30 May 2019 07:32:24 8,674 posts
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    Christ that's horrific. And I could murder a bacon sarnie, haven't had one in months.
  • rice_sandwich 30 May 2019 07:40:09 6,517 posts
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    Coincidentally I just read an article about it, nicely accompanied with an aerial photo of a huge mound of dead pigs, half wrapped in black bags and half left rotting. It seems the problem is made worse by inefficient compensation schemes, lack of money and corruption, which encourages farmers to not bother reporting it. Many farms are small and don't have the cash or resources to effectively deal with an outbreak or prevent it happening.

    About 150 million pigs are in scope for infection in China so there are good opportunities for farmers in other countries to get in on the Chinese pork market.
  • thelzdking 30 May 2019 07:53:00 10,188 posts
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    Bacon is overrated. Good quality sausages though...
  • StarchildHypocrethes 30 May 2019 08:10:47 33,174 posts
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    sirtacos wrote:
    "We suspected it was African swine fever and after confirmation, we started burying pigs alive."
    The most obvious reaction.
  • DaM 30 May 2019 09:38:56 17,469 posts
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    Swine flu and bird flu transfer into humans. The annual global flu strain normally comes out of China, thought to be from the giant bird fairs they have, and the closeness of humans to kept birds.

    Just saying....

    On the plus side though, one of the main scientists who was warning about the possibility of another nasty flu pandemic like 1919, now reckons it wouldn't be as bad now. Modern medical practice would be able to contain and deal with it.
  • arty 30 May 2019 09:50:16 754 posts
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    rice_sandwich wrote:
    a huge mound of dead pigs, half wrapped in
    and I thought you were going to say 'blankets' :lol:
  • Deleted user 30 May 2019 10:13:18
    Probably not a good time to invest in pork bellies...
  • challenge_hanukkah 30 May 2019 10:16:32 13,057 posts
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    What about frozen OJ?
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