Two years ago, a porcine epidemic ravaged the country, killing a tenth of pigs raised for pork.
Fox News reports that farmers are combating the epidemic’s possible return by feeding pigs manure containing the virus or remains of dead piglets who were infected. As of now there is no vaccine.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) infects baby pigs and causes severe diarrhea. This illness spreads like wildfire in the close quarters of a factory farm. Diseases like these are common in industrial farming due to lack of space, hygiene, and veterinary care.
Factory farms promote not only disease, but also extreme animal cruelty. For example, female pigs are confined in metal gestation crates so small they can’t even turn around. When their piglets don’t meet the industry’s size standards, they’re slammed headfirst against the ground, a killing method known as “thumping.”
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