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Australian Farmer: 'It's safer kissing a pig than your partner'

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 30, 2009 in Health
A pig farmer in Australia is upset over calls that pork trade should be banned or limited because of the “Swine flu.” He said pigs are much safer than humans.
The “Swine flu” pandemic has made some countries worry, and they've taken measures such as banning pork imports and sales. Egypt has taken the drastic step of slaughtering more than 300,000 pigs, even though none of the pigs carry the “Swine flu” virus (also called the H1NI virus). Futhermore, no Egyptians have the H1N1 virus.
Other countries such as China, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Arab Emirates have all banned meat and pork products from some parts of the U.S., according to Ron Kirk from the office of U.S. Trade.
The World Health Organization has assured people that eating pork is safe.
Ean Pollard, a pig farmer in Australia says people are overreacting. Pollard told the Sydney Morning Herald:
"It is being passed on from human to human. You'd be safer kissing a pig than your partner...I went out and pashed (a passionate kiss) a few of the pigs this morning."
Pollard has been working in the pig industry for three years now, and he says him and his staff of 12 clean the pigs thoroughly. He doesn’t let any visitors in if they had any recent contact with other livestock.
Pollard is worried because too much blame is being put on pigs and he's concerned it will hurt his industry. Pollard said his business is already seeing a decline. He told the Sydney Morning Herald:
"Midweek we start marking pigs for the following week and we've noticed a considerable drop-off in demand...People have said, 'look we don't need the number that we had the week before' and they're wanting to push the price down."
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