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Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels
BBC ^ | 13 May 2014 Last updated at 10:28 ET | Staff

Posted on 05/13/2014 2:34:30 PM PDT by Red Badger

People are taking photos and videos of themselves kissing camels in defiance of a warning from Saudi health authorities not to go near the animals, which have been linked to the deadly Mers virus.

In recent days, Saudi Arabia has urged people to wear masks and gloves when dealing with camels, to stay away from raw camel meat and camel milk, and not to go near sick animals, the newspaper Gulf News reports. But some people have refused to listen to the government's advice, posting videos and sending messages in support of camels.

In one video, a man stands between a pair of camels and asks it to sneeze. "Look at me! Sneeze, sneeze! They say there's Corona in this," the man says, while hugging and kissing his two camels. Then he shakes one of the camels' heads and says, "She says no. Is there Corona in you? She says no."

Meanwhile, a Twitter user with the handle @fheed6666 - who has more than 90,000 followers - tweets to acting Saudi Health Minister Adel M Fakeih: "@adelmfakeih #the_campaign_against_camels_exposed And we call for it to stop or for evidence to be produced because camels are fine and all the ill people are in cities." An info-graphic circulating on Twitter suggests camels are more valuable than petrol.

Saudi Arabia is the country by far most affected by Mers, with 133 deaths since the virus was detected in 2012. Nearly 500 people in the kingdom have been infected.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: camels; camelvirus; health; mers; mersvirus; saudiarabia; thirdworld Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

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2 posted on 05/13/2014 2:35:45 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Getty Image, sorry about that.


3 posted on 05/13/2014 2:35:55 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Too bad, it was a beautiful camel. :)


4 posted on 05/13/2014 2:36:43 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Do any of these “farmers” play football?


5 posted on 05/13/2014 2:37:21 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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6 posted on 05/13/2014 2:37:52 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: trisham

Kissing a camel - that is nothing!

Ask the small livestock about Muslims.

;-(


7 posted on 05/13/2014 2:38:23 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: dontreadthis

LOL!


8 posted on 05/13/2014 2:38:27 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GladesGuru

It’s a strange cult.


9 posted on 05/13/2014 2:38:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Can we ban travelers from Saudi Arabia?

When I used to say Political Correctness will kill us all, I wasn’t kidding.


10 posted on 05/13/2014 2:39:15 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: trisham

I understand that MANY Saudi farmers prefer camels to goats.

Of course, neither compares to a well tended sheep.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 2:39:42 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

It’s a backward culture.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 2:40:21 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

TTIWWP


13 posted on 05/13/2014 2:40:36 PM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: GladesGuru

a muslim counting his goats:

1...2....3....hi honey....5....6...7......


14 posted on 05/13/2014 2:40:51 PM PDT by kingattax (America needs more real Americans.)
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To: trisham
Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels

Those arabs were just as demonstratively arrogant about the AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, and herpes epidemics.

15 posted on 05/13/2014 2:49:07 PM PDT by meadsjn
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To: GladesGuru

I saw Osama kissing the Mulah’s goat
Underneath the bomb-bing raid last night.
(Rush parody)


16 posted on 05/13/2014 2:50:42 PM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: trisham

Have no fear. This administration will let millions of them in to spread the disease, while we pay for it.


17 posted on 05/13/2014 2:51:16 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: trisham

If you’d seen the women there you understand this.

There is a reason they make them wear veils!


18 posted on 05/13/2014 2:51:34 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: LucianOfSamasota

[ Of course, neither compares to a well tended sheep. ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOo0QN-yHyw

Which led to the invention of the Bagpipe..


19 posted on 05/13/2014 2:53:17 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Fai Mao

I’ve never been there, and don’t think that I care to visit. :)


20 posted on 05/13/2014 2:53:52 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Fai Mao
“If you’d seen the women there you understand this.

There is a reason they make them wear veils!”

My friends who have traveled there tell me the smell from an upwind burqua clad female is noticeable

21 posted on 05/13/2014 2:55:30 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: trisham
arab camel photo: arab and camel friendship 124132gif.jpg
22 posted on 05/13/2014 2:56:25 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

Ignorance can be deadly.


23 posted on 05/13/2014 3:00:26 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Fai Mao

“If you’d seen the women there you understand this.
There is a reason they make them wear veils!”

Funny thing about that! See what happens when you marry your first cousins and sisters for a few centuries.


24 posted on 05/13/2014 3:23:16 PM PDT by vette6387
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To: trisham

But are the camels kissing back?


25 posted on 05/13/2014 3:37:48 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

swappin’ spit


26 posted on 05/13/2014 3:39:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: trisham

What day is today? I said what day is it today? Its HUMP Day!!


27 posted on 05/13/2014 3:47:00 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Today is Tuesday. :)


28 posted on 05/13/2014 3:55:05 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: IronJack

:)


29 posted on 05/13/2014 3:55:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Saudi Arabia is the country by far most affected by Mers, with 133 deaths since the virus was detected in 2012. Nearly 500 people in the kingdom have been infected.

With a vector this big already, and morons ignoring
the warnings, look for a big breakout before long.


30 posted on 05/13/2014 3:58:12 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

It concerns me.


31 posted on 05/13/2014 4:00:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Why?
Did the Profit not tell us the cure to all diseases is to be found in the common housefly and in camel urine?
Somewhere here in the Book...
Piss be upon us!


32 posted on 05/13/2014 4:23:47 PM PDT by Zuse (I am disrupted! I am offended! I am insulted! I am outraged!)
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To: trisham
Saudi Arabia: Farmers flout Mers warning by kissing camels

Can I assume that most Freepers would not view that as a "bad thing?"

33 posted on 05/13/2014 4:30:05 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: publius911

If it’s a cute camel and drafted by the NFL


34 posted on 05/13/2014 4:30:42 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: morphing libertarian

LOL!


35 posted on 05/13/2014 4:33:05 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good grace to resign!)
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To: GeronL

Those camels have no self-respect.


36 posted on 05/13/2014 5:27:40 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

Flog them for being prostitutes and harlots!


37 posted on 05/13/2014 5:36:41 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: trisham

The problem is not kissing camels. The problem is that it spreads lik the flu from person to person...several health care workers have already died after catching it from their patints...and sine the Philippines has a million foks in the area, there is a lot of people worried here.


38 posted on 05/13/2014 7:56:16 PM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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