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The pigs are still dying in Egypt

Photo by flickr user Paxie

Photo by flickr user Paxie

While the rest of the world moves on from H1N1 (aka swine flu), Egypt continues its slaughter of pigs, though so far they’ve only killed about 20,000 or so out of an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 pigs.

This blog post is a bit old, but an Egyptian blogger named Mostafa provides a local perspective here.

And an article yesterday from Reuters discusses how the mass slaughter is flaming sectarian tension. Reuters says that Cairo’s Christian garbage collectors and pig farmers are being paid only 100LE (about $17.79) per pig, rather than the 1000LE originally promised.


13 May 2009 - Posted by | in the news


  1. they are using the swine flu to persecute copts, and i wonder where is the UN?

    Comment by bastawisi | 13 May 2009

  2. Okay, I don’t really like it when pigs die for food or gloves. But to die for nothing at all? When all data show that pig meat doesn’t cause the flu? Oh, so sad.

    Comment by Marco | 14 May 2009

  3. Hello, just try to be objective in your judgement, when the europeans decide to kill millions of beefs and chicken for chicken or beef virus nobody says a thing, so be intelectualy reliable and do not use the handling of the egyptian government as a way ta attack islam.

    Comment by samuel | 26 May 2009

  4. Samuel, the difference of course is that you actually get avian flu from chickens and mad cow from cows. Cows get mad cow disease when they eat the brains of other cows, and many people have been quite critical of European and American farmers who make cows into cannibals for just this reason.

    Egypt is slaughtering pigs (mercilessly so it seems) when no one catches swine flu from pigs. And there have been no cases of swine flu in Egypt. So this is a mass slaughter of animals for absolutely no public health reason (or at least not the one stated).

    Also, I have certainly not conflated Islam and the Egyptian government. The absurdities here are not on the part of Islam–especially given that the Egyptian government is officially secular.

    Comment by Ms. Four | 27 May 2009

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