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  • Swine Fever Is Killing Vast Numbers Of Pigs In China

    08/15/2019 5:52:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 60 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/15/2019
    An epidemic of African Swine Fever is sweeping through China's hog farms, and the effects are rippling across the globe, because China is a superpower of pork. Half of the world's pigs live in China — or at least they did before the epidemic began a year ago. "Every day, we hear of more outbreaks," says Christine McCracken, a senior analyst at RaboResearch, which is affiliated with the global financial firm Rabobank. McCracken and her colleagues now estimate that by the end of 2019, China's production of pork could be cut in half. "That's roughly 300 million to 350 million...
  • Watermelons to replace piglets in California fair event

    07/21/2019 5:29:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 21, 2019 | Not Specified
    <p>SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Watermelons are set to replace piglets in an annual event celebrating agriculture at a California fair.</p> <p>The Press Democrat reported Saturday that the Sonoma County Fair has eliminated the pig scramble from Farmers Day due to rising public concern and protests over animal welfare.</p>
  • Repo Man Says NYPD Still Punishing Him After He Tried To Tow Detective's Car

    06/15/2019 8:35:40 AM PDT · by ETL · 37 replies
    NY-1 News ^ | June 11, 2019 | Amanda Farinacci
    Staten Island repo man Jose Rodriguez checks up on his tow truck several times a day. It's been sitting idle on Richmond Terrace for nearly two weeks, immobilized after cops put an orange boot on it when he tried to repossess an NYPD detective's car. Not having the truck, Rodriguez says, has cost him thousands of dollars in earnings. "I gotta get the truck out there. I have to get these cars for the banks," he says. The NYPD could not explain to NY1 why Rodriguez has not been allowed to reclaim his vehicle.The repo man says it's another example...
  • Texas Reforms Feral Pig Law – No State License Required to Hunt

    06/12/2019 4:36:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 61 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 10 June, 2019 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Abbott has just signed another pro-liberty bill,  this one about pig hunting. Texas has a problem with feral pigs. From Wild hogs are among the most destructive invasive species in the United States today. Two million to six million of the animals are wreaking havoc in at least 39 states and four Canadian provinces; half are in Texas, where they do some $400 million in damages annually. They tear up recreational areas, occasionally even terrorizing tourists in state and national parks, and squeeze out other wildlife.Texas allows hunters to kill wild hogs year-round without limits or capture...
  • China is killing a third of its pigs because of a gruesome and incurable fever

    05/15/2019 10:16:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/15/2019 | Alexandra Ma
    * China is grappling with a widespread African swine flu (ASF) epidemic, a disease fatal to pigs but harmless to humans. * ASF's effects on pigs are gruesome. Symptoms include diarrhea, depression, and miscarriages. * The government is urging farmers to cull infected pigs to prevent the spread of the disease, which is in turn dramatically decreasing the country's pork production. * Dutch bank Rabobank estimates that the country will kill 150 million to 200 million pigs — or one third of the country's supply — this year. * China is the world's largest pork producer and consumer. The steep...
  • 50,000 animals have been killed in secret MoD research base

    04/28/2019 10:43:36 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 10 replies
    The Sun ^ | 27th April 2019 | David Wooding
    Scientists blasted pigs with explosives, infected monkeys with biological weapons and poisoned guinea pigs with nerve gas at the government’s top secret Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in Wiltshire.
  • Scientists Restore Some Function In The Brains Of Dead Pigs

    04/17/2019 12:15:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | April 17, 20191:01 PM ET | Nell Greenfieldboyce
    The brains of dead pigs have been somewhat revived by scientists hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse. The Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness. Still, the experiment described Wednesday in the journal Nature showed that a surprising amount of cellular function was either preserved or restored. The implications of this study have staggered ethicists, as they contemplate how this research should move forward and how it fits into the current understanding of what separates the living from the...
  • Is death still the end? Scientists spark life in brains of dead pigs

    04/17/2019 11:43:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 55 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 4/17/19
    Yale scientists say experiment opens new frontier in brain research 35 minutes ago Re-vitalised brains of dead pigs said to be ‘cellularly active’. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Re-vitalised brains of dead pigs said to be ‘cellularly active’. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty An experiment has breathed life into the brains of pigs four hours after death. Scientists in the US restored circulation and cellular activity in 32 pig brains obtained from a meat-packing plant. While there was no evidence of re-awakening awareness or consciousness, the re-vitalised brains were said to be “cellularly active”. The study has implications that challenge long-held assumptions about the...
  • Trade War: 1 Million Lbs of Smuggled Chinese Meat Seized in NJ Amid Swine Plague

    03/19/2019 10:17:33 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 30 replies ^ | March 18, 2019 | No Byline
    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials seized 1 million pounds of pork products at the Newark, New Jersey maritime point of entry Friday. The meat is believed to have been smuggled from China, where there is currently an outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF). During a Friday news conference, officials announced the seizure of over 50 shipping containers containing pork products. "Agriculture specialists made a critical interception of these prohibited animal products, and stopped them from entering the US before they could potentially cause grave damage," Troy Miller, director of CBP field operations for the cities of New...
  • "Letter to Mistress Van Kleeck" by Henry Livingston (Jany 1787) to Richard Sheridan's "Ah, Sure"

    01/05/2019 12:49:07 PM PST · by mairdie · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1787 | Henry Livingston
    One of my absolute favorites. Henry's sister Cornelia, Mistress Van Kleeck, four years his younger, most likely told Henry this story, which he then turned into a humorous poem about her tenant's excuse for not paying her the pig he owed her. Illustrated with vintage postcards. Going the opposite way, a very short religious poem that's also a favorite of mine, "Without distinction..."
  • Baboons Survive for Half a Year after Heart Transplants from Pigs

    12/06/2018 12:37:41 PM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies ^ | December 5, 2018 | By Angus Chen
    Baboons can stand in for humans during cross-species transplantation studies. Now, for the first time, researchers have kept baboons alive and healthy for up to six months on transplanted pig hearts. Credit: Paul A. Sounders ========================================================================= In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. “They can hop around, eat, drink and they are enjoying life,” he says. “They watch TV—their favorite is the cartoon with the chipmunk.” Most importantly, he says, they were healthy and normal—which is astonishing, given the fact that the hearts beating life in their chests were anything but normal for a baboon....
  • Sperm of mutant ‘double-muscle’ pigs being sold on FB farmer cashes in on ‘Frankenswine’ market

    12/05/2018 7:57:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | 5th December 2018, 2:52 pm Updated: 5th December 2018, 2:54 pm | By Jon Lockett
    AN AMBITIOUS pig farmer raising muscle-bound mutant porkers for the bacon market is selling their sperm on Facebook. The Cambodian-based breeder is flogging the semen - along with insemination kits - to others looking to move into the 'Frankenswine' market. Mutant of the giant pigs greedily gobbles up his massive dinner at a farm in Cambodia ______________________________________________________________ Scientists in South Korea have been credited with originally genetically-engineering double-muscle hogs to avert a future pork shortage crisis. They carefully altered pig genes to create super-sized swines capable of producing more meat than usual breeds. Farmyard footage shows similar porky 'monsters'...
  • Suspect in Mollie Tibbetts’ murder worked on farm owned by Iowa GOP family

    08/22/2018 5:30:34 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 178 replies
    nypost ^ | 08/22/2018 | Joe Tacopino
    The undocumented immigrant who allegedly killed college student Mollie Tibbetts had worked for years at a farm owned by a prominent Iowa Republican family, a report said Tuesday night. Cristhian Rivera — the 24-year-old man who is suspected of murdering Tibbetts while she was out jogging — was an “employee in good standing” at Yarrabee Farms, which is owned by the family of former Iowa official Craig Lang, according to the Des Moines Register. Mollie Tibbetts Mollie Tibbetts, missing Iowa student, found dead In the statement, Craig’s brother Dane Lang said he was “shocked” to hear Rivera had been charged...
  • Pet pig scares off would-be robbers at Indiana home, police say

    08/01/2018 7:27:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | Aug. 1, 2018 | Nicole Darrah
    Police in Indiana believe a pet pig might've thwarted would-be robbers from burglarizing a home in Indianapolis. The thieves broke into the home this week and "completely damaged [the back] door," the homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, told Fox 59. Whoever broke in, however, didn't steal anything, and police apparently suggested the family's pet pig, named Dumplin, is to blame. "The officers were guessing when the person broke in they were probably surprised I had a pig and were like, 'We don't want to deal with this,'" the single mother of four said. "The cop was like we definitely...
  • 'We are the casualty:' US pig farmers brace for second round of pork tariffs from China, Mexico

    07/04/2018 11:23:56 AM PDT · by Poison Pill · 75 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/4/2018 | Jeff Daniels
    U.S. pork producers are about to be bitten by a second batch of hefty retaliatory tariffs from China and Mexico — and that has some large producers predicting they could lose big money and be forced to invest overseas. Executives say the pork industry has been expanding in recent years, in part on the expectation of export opportunities that would continue to support growth. However, the threat of a trade war is adding uncertainty and driving fear. "We put a halt on all investment, not just because we will be losing money, but because we don't know if growing in...
  • Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environments

    06/19/2018 9:20:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | June 6, 2018 | Lorraine Boissoneault
    For the Polynesian islands, that meant the arrival of agricultural crops like breadfruit, yams and taro, as well as domesticated animals like dogs, pigs and chicken. The early settlers also used slash-and-burn agriculture to remove forests and fertilize the soil and likely hunted many seabirds to extinction. To get a more precise view of how human behavior impacted the islands, Swift and her colleagues used stable isotope analysis. Carbon analysis is based on the way plants process carbon dioxide: most agricultural products are classified as C3 plants, while tropical grasses are usually C4 plants. If rat bones show a higher...
  • 12,000 Pigs Die in Fire, Employee Refused to Let Firefighters Help Because It Was 'Unsafe'

    06/10/2018 7:24:32 PM PDT · by Hugin · 48 replies
    newsweek via yahoo ^ | June 8, 2018 | Kristin Hugo
    A pig farm in Saskatchewan caught on fire and caused millions of dollars in damage, including the deaths of 12,000 pigs. The volunteer fire department responded to an emergency call to fight the blaze, but when they got there, an employee of the farm didn't let them in.
  • Sponsors yank ads after Ivanka called 'feckless C-word'

    06/01/2018 6:36:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 5/31/2018 | Joe Kovacs
    “Most people are repulsed by it,” Limbaugh added. “It is widely known these people are all Democrats. In the absence of an agenda, all they have is hate … this hate for Trump, this semi-hate for America, this literal hate for you for voting for Trump. … You’re not gonna grow anything with this.” Regarding Bee, herself, Limbaugh said: “She’s just making an abject fool of herself. I don’t care how much her audience applauds.” Bee apologized on Twitter Thursday afternoon, saying: I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on...
  • Argentina’s farm of horrors: Latest shocking animal mutation discovered

    03/09/2018 7:03:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Express ^ | 3/9/18 | MATTHEW KIRKHAM
    The discovery was made when the piglet was spotted next to its mother after she gave birth to eight young in the rural area of Santo Domingo in Santiago del Estero Province in northern Argentina. However, the human-like piglet died a few hours later due to breathing difficulties. Pig and goat breeders Walter Oscar Velez and wife Roxana Noemi Villarreal, who also produce charcoal at their farm, said that they are at a loss for an explanation. It is the latest in a number of horrific mutations in the country which is at the centre of a row over the...
  • VIDEO: Five Pigs and a Pug Have a Pizza Party

    03/04/2018 6:09:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC7 ^ | Sunday, March 04, 2018
    If anyone ever said "you eat like a pig" you might want to say thank you, because some pigs - and a pug - really know how to party in style. Pop, Prissy, Posey, Pink and Penn were caught on video as they "pig out" on pizza. They are joined by "pigtail the pug." And while a few of the pigs went "ham" on the pizza slices, others sat patiently wearing bows. If you recognize some of these pigs, that's because Prissy and Pop have starred in two children's books and have nearly 690,000 followers on Instagram.