Egypt orders mass pig slaughter
Wednesday 29th April, 2009
As a precaution against swine flu, Egypt has ordered the slaughter of all pigs
Health authorities in the country have ordered the culling to take place immediately, drawing criticism from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Officials from the UN have pointed out to Egyptian officials that the disease is only spread by human-to-human contact.
Up to date, no cases of swine flu have been reported in Egypt, either in humans or animals.
While pigs are shunned by the country's Muslim majority, they are eaten by Egypt’s Christian communities.