The good news is the H1N1 virus will not effect our companion animals such as dogs and cats. The bad news, the recent outbreak is effecting pigs.
In Egypt, pigs have been given the death sentence. 300,000-350,000 pigs are living in Egypt, raised for food for the Christian population. Sadly, this isn’t just a bad ending for the pigs, who haven’t been found to have the virus, but also for the poor farmers who raise them.
“It has been decided to immediately start slaughtering all the pigs in Egypt using the full capacity of the country’s slaughterhouses,” said Health Minister Hatem el-Gabaly. People can not get the swine flu from eating pork, so without confirmed cases of sick pigs, the killings are a sad over reaction. Though Egypt has it’s reasons due to it’s experiences with bird flu, it’s still a waste of good resources. Not to mention it seems horribly wasteful to destroy healthy animals that will not be used for food.
Hopefully we won’t see similar reactions anywhere else in the world.