Swine flu, pig farming, and Sir Roger

I’m scared of the swine flu.

As someone who has compromised respiratory functions and an antibiotic allergy (and I am aware that antibiotics don’t kill viruses, such as that which causes swine flu, but they do cure consequent bacterial infections) swine flu could be a death sentence for me.

So who is to blame for putting my health and possibly my life at risk. Well, according to this article in The Guardian, which is one of the few MSM media outlets I have some respect for, it is the factory pig farmers:

North Carolina has the densest pig population in North America, with around twice as many swine mega-factories as any other state. In 1998, North Carolina’s pig population had hit ten million, up from two million just six years before. Yet the number of hog farms was decreasing, with more and more animals being crammed into fewer and fewer farms. Since the primary route of swine flu transmission is thought to be the same as human flu, the increased potential for the spread of disease in such conditions is clear.

More research is urgently needed to explore the potential link between industrialised animal farming, and the spread of disease. Some elements of the Mexican media are already pointing to the potential role of intensive pig farming in Mexico, which has grown substantially in recent years, with some giant operations raising tens of thousands of pigs at a time.

Guess it is the intensive pig farmers who have done this, including the hero of New Zealand’s right, Roger Douglas.

Guess what, Sir Roger, you can’t fight nature, no matter how much money you can make through trying, because it will always come back to bite you on the bum.

Melissing the evidence

No, this post is not about Melissa Lee. I’ve had enough of her, and am rather bored with her stupid antics!

It is about missing the evidence. It is about David Carter, Minister of Agriculture, and about factory farming.

On Sunday, in response to the Mike King pig farming expose, Carter said (May 17th):

No I didn’t know to the extent to which they were confined other than for farrowing purposes.

Well, we could all believe that. But, unfortunately for David Carter, he had received this letter from Dr Michael Morris of the Coalition Agaisnt Factory Farming four years ago:

We also enclose a copy of a peer-reviewed publication reviewing sow welfare and concluding that severe confinement of sows is unacceptable from a welfare perspective.

Again thank you for taking the time to meet with us.

Carter was also advised of this peer-reviewed research.

Seems that David Carter was right in the thick of the coverup of barbaric farming practices after all.

Carter’s comment: “No I didn’t know to the extent to which they were confined other than for farrowing purposes” seems to be looking very thin in the context of the evidence that has emerged.

My pick is that he’s yet another apologist for factory farmers. Change the Government and nothing changes re animal welfare. Must be time to Party Vote Green next election!

This little piggy went to market…

Big ups to Mike King!

To be honest, I’ve never really liked the guy’s humour, and have especially not liked the sexist stuff alongside Tony Veitch, Matthew Ridge etc on Game of Two Halves.

But Mike King has had a bit of an awakening, after actually visiting a pig farm.

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King says the pigs looked “despairing, terrified and lost”. He says you could hear them, and smell them from “from a mile way.”

King was still under contract with the Pork Board when he was made aware of the situation. He says he felt relived after they terminated his contract. “They did me one huge favour,” he says.

He says he felt “guilty as hell,” after seeing the living conditions, and didn’t expect this to happen in “clean, green New Zealand.”

The farm was filmed by animal rights group Open Rescue and footage shown to Agriculture Minister David Carter, who said he wasn’t aware of the extent to which pigs were confined.

So, come on David Carter, what are you going to do about it?

Please help us convince the Minister to do his job by enforcing the law to protect animals in New Zealand from cruelty.

UPDATE: The Standard have just published the video of Mike King’s actual pig farm visit. A warning – it’s even more shocking than the Open Rescue video above.