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Ban Factory Farms Spreading Deadly Flu

Despite years of warnings by public interest organizations, such as the Organic Consumers Association and the Humane Society of the U.S., intensive confinement factory farms are incubating deadly viruses that could set off a deadly epidemic.
Reposted from Organic Bytes #171 from the Organic Consummers Association.

A dangerous and rapidly spreading strain of influenza, which combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before, has killed over 150 people in Mexico, infecting thousands, and has spread to over a dozen countries, including the United States. President Obama, himself, may have been exposed to the disease, according to the New York Times, given that a Mexican official, Felipe Solis, he met with last week subsequently died with flu-like symptoms.

The World Health Organization warned early this week that the outbreak could reach global pandemic levels. The last major global pandemic, the 1918 flu epidemic, killed 20-50 million people.

Despite company denials, a number of Mexican and U.S. news outlets are pointing to Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pig producer ($12 billion in annual sales), as a likely source of the deadly outbreak. Smithfield sells pork and operates massive hog-raising operations in 40 nations, including Perote, Mexico, in the state of Vera Cruz, where the outbreak originated. For months, local residents and workers in Mexico have complained of pollution, contamination, and illnesses from the Smithfield plant. For years, Smithfield has been criticized in the United States for polluting rural communities, endangering public health, and exploiting workers and farmers.

Factory farms, such as Smithfield, feed pigs massive amounts of antibiotics, resulting in swine incubating and spreading antibiotic-resistant germs. These antibiotic-resistant pathogens are considered a major human health hazard by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Given these serious public health concerns, a number of health and safety organizations have called for limits or a ban on the practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals, including the American Public Health Association, American Medical Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Contact President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack and urge them to:

Immediately ban Confined Animal Feeding Operations (hog, beef, and chicken factory farms) across the United States and end the dangerous practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals. Initiate a criminal investigation of Smithfield Foods and other major factory farms.

Learn more and Take Action in OCA's Swine and Bird Flu Center

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Absolutely! 29.Apr.2009 19:00

NO FACTORY FARMS!

They're a public health threat, a nuisance, and inhumane. I'm outraged that these shitheads get to jeopardize our health and well being, and that of the planet, with no accountability. It's time to END factory farming. This fucking flu came RIGHT OUT OF FACTORY PIG FARMS. No doubt about it, you cram that many animals together in unsanitary, unsafe, unhealthy, inhumane conditions, and this is what is going to happen. As a result of that pig hole in Mexico, people are fucking DYING.

The same thing happened with bird flu: IT CAME FROM FACTORY FARMS.

How many more people are we going to let these assholes KILL?

This is where drug resistance super bugs are coming from also. There is not even any credible doubt: They are responsible for the super bugs. The indiscriminant use of anti-biotics on factory farms for, of all things, making more money, is KILLING people. THESE ASSHOLES ARE KILLING PEOPLE!!!

End factory farms, before they unleash the next big plague on us all.

THIS is the truth about factory farms, THIS is how animals are forced to live and die on factory farms, and THIS is making us ALL SICK:

 http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/grass-fed-pigs-and-human-health-safety.php

 http://farmsanctuary.org/issues/factoryfarming/

 http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2007/02/exposing_the_be.html

THIS IS THE FACE OF FUCKING PORK:  http://www.hsus.org/web-files/Pig/540x360_pigs_gc_fs.jpg

Now, our government actually has the fucking NERVE to start pushing the media to avoid calling the swine flu what it is, because the pork industry is afraid people will stop BUYING THEIR GODDAMN PORK if they know THIS SHIT COMES FROM FUCKING PIG FARMS.

So all day today, they've been calling it H1N1, instead of SWINE FUCKING FLU! We all KNOW these fuckheads are making us sick. It's time to STOP SUPPORTING THIS. It's time to STOP EATING THEIR FUCKING SHIT.

Factory farms are cruel, dangerous, shit holes of death, and it's time we shut them down as the public health threat they are. SHAME on our government, SHAME on Barak Obama, for buckling to the pork industry to keep us supporting this crap. SHUT THEM DOWN SHUT THEM DOWN SHUT THEM DOWN.

US hog giant Smithfield Foods is Swine Flu epicenter 30.Apr.2009 06:52

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April 27, 2009

"Swine Flu" epicenter is a huge US owned hog farm in the state of Veracruz

Various news outlets in Mexico, including the Mexico City newspaper La Jornada, are reporting that the "nexus" of the Swine Flu virus is a huge swine "factory" named Granjas Carroll which is a subsidiary of the US hog giant Smithfield Foods. Grangas Carroll is located near the village of La Gloria and about 100 miles east of Mexico City.

The Swine Flu which is creating widespread panic in Mexico and throughout the world appears to be caused by a strange concoction of swine, avian, and human viruses that were fermented in the Grangas Carroll smelly hog fecal ponds that attract millions of flies. Veracruz newspapers are reporting that about 60% of the campesinos in La Gloria are now infected with pulmonary and flu like diseases. Three children have died of the disease and many are presently hospitalized. The outbreak started as early as December 2008 but has been kept under the rug. Smithfield Foods executives are denying that viruses can be transferred from hogs to humans or that their pigs are infected with Swine Flu.

Journalists are also accusing Veracruz politicians and government officials of corruption because of their attempts to cover up the origin of the infections. News reports claim that corrupt politicians are protecting the interests of the US corporation. Yesterday, Veracruz state authorities arrested 5 campesinos and accused them of bringing up false allegations against Granjas Carroll. La Jornada is reporting that the Mexican Congress has called for an investigation of Smithfield Foods to determine their responsibility in the Swine Flu epidemic.