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Mexican Flu Farms Mean Mucho Dinero for Some

Written by PETA | April 30, 2009

 

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What do Smithfield Foods and Donald Rumsfeld have to do with the global swine flu scare? Author F. William Engdahl’s informative article, which details the links between factory farms, spin doctors, the pork industry, and drug companies, explains all.

Before you race to the doctor for a Tamiflu vaccine, read this piece. You might think twice about helping Mr. Rumsfeld and his buddies at Roche pay for their vacations (surely they don’t do Acapulco these days, maybe St. Barts though).

Flying Pigs, Tamiflu and Factory Farms

By F. William Engdahl

 

If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine Flu. As the story goes, the outbreak of the deadly flu was first discovered in Mexico. According to press reports, after several days, headlines reported as many as perhaps 150 deaths in Mexico were believed caused by this virulent people-killing pig virus that has spread to humans and now is allegedly being further spread from human to human. Cases were being reported hourly from Canada to Spain and beyond. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican deaths.

April 29, 2009 Global Research” — One website, revealingly named Swine Flu Vaccine, reports the alarming news, ‘One out of every five residents of Mexico’s most populous city wore masks to protect themselves against the virus as Mexico City seems to be the epicenter of the outbreak. As many as 103 deaths have been attributed to the swine flu so far with many more feared to be on the horizon. The health department of Mexico said an additional 1,614 reported cases have been documented.’ We are told that the H1N1 ‘shares genetic material from human, avian and swine influenza viruses.’1

Airports around the world have installed passenger temperature scans to identify anyone with above normal body temperature as possible suspect for swine flu. Travel to Mexico has collapsed. Sales of flu vaccines, above all Tamiflu from Roche Inc., have exploded in days. People have stopped buying pork fearing certain death. The World Health Organization has declared a ‘a public health emergency of international concern,’ defined by them as ‘an occurrence or imminent threat of illness or health conditions caused by bioterrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or highly fatal infectious agents or toxins that pose serious risk to a significant number of people.’2

What are the symptoms of this purported Swine Flu? That’s not at all clear according to virologists and public health experts. They say Swine Flu symptoms are relatively general and nonspecific. ‘So many different things can cause these symptoms. it is a dilemma,’ says one doctor interviewed by CNN. ‘There is not a perfect test right now to let a doctor know that a person has the Swine Flu.’ It has been noted that most individuals with Swine Flu had an early on set of fever. Also it was common to see dizziness, body aches and vomiting in addition to the common sneezing, headache and other cold symptoms. These are symptoms so general as to say nothing.

The US Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta states on its official website, ‘Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.’ Nonetheless they add, ‘CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.’3

How many media that have grabbed on the headline ‘suspected case of Swine Flu’ in recent days bother to double check with the local health authorities to ask some basic questions? For example, the number of confirmed cases of H1N1 and their location? The number of deaths confirmed to have resulted from H1N1? Dates of both? Number of suspected cases and of suspected deaths related to the Swine Flu disease?

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  • Derek H says:

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  • Giorgio Picinelli says:

    Every time I read about the horrible conditions of pigscows chickens and all the other animals in the factory farmsI couldn’t be more happy to be a vegetarian.. I just wish I could do more to help all those innocent animals.. How can people still eat meat and go to bed without any regrets…it’s something I will never understand. I have a question…I just read an article saying that cagefree eggs and all the other organic productsaren’t really keeping animals away from pain and a regular healty life.. Is that true?Is that just a trick? Are there farms that really provide acceptable conditions for the animals?if yes does anybody know the names of the brands? Thank you and thank you PETA for the amazing work you do!!!

  • cath hurwood says:

    i think one thing is important to remember that the pharmaceutical industry are not our friends … they sell drugs to make money and they sure don’t want ‘cures’ for anything …they want to continue to sell us drugs… maybe this has something to do with such inflated news stories and maybe not but it is interesting to note

  • Sue says:

    A lot of vegetarians and vegans are unhealthy. They don’t get enough B12 and other vitamins and minerals. So many are reverting back to eating meat. Factory farming is bad. We should all be encouraged to eat grassfed.

  • Sherry Thesen says:

    I wish all this new knowledge acquired from excellent informative articles such as this one could really indeed make a difference however sadly that I feel is not the case. The only way that change could take place is if everyone could be convinced to have a revolution against the government and unfortunately we know that’s an unrealistic possibility. Yes a largescale massive protest against the government to shut down the factory farms and create new natural farming practice where each family gets a parcel of land where no taxes exist. Seem like an unrealistic fairytale? Maybe but not really as this is no different than history where the peasants stormed the bastille. Yes the common peasants had enough of the rich royalty dictating a life where the peasants were poverty stricken guinea pigs under the authority of the rich landlords etc who only became richer sound familiar kind of like the elite government…Yes I know this won’t happen since most people choose to live in their little bubble world of convenience where everything is fine. As long as people eat at supermarkets and pay taxes and remain good little guinea pigs the government and pharmaceutical companies can do with us what they want. By using media as a tool or whaever means of keeping us in the dark where they want us which is well behaving little consumers of commodity change can not occur. Ironically this is no different than rats in a large scale experiment of theirs to see how rich they can get. Perhaps not quite as cruel an experiment but surely a slow death for many. Realistically in my opinion all we can do is raise our own organically grown vegetables and our meat in a natural humane safe way and stay away from the cities and large factory farms where viruses are going to become alarmingly more abundant.

  • Zerin Knight says:

    The more I learn the more delighte I am at my choice to be vegetarian! I’m taking the next step now… going vegan. If you eat meat take a moment to reflect on the impact this has on your own health and that of the planet not to mention those beautiful sentient beings that have no say over their own lives.

  • Andrea says:

    I absolutely believe that this “pandemic” is just the beginning of serious repercussions due to the terrible way which we treat our fellow creatures. Pigs have the intelligence of 3 year old children. We can’t expect there to be no consequences for confining animals in disgusting crowded conditions and pumping them full of chemicals. We are not living in a world anymore where small farms are providing for local communities we are living in a world where people have no clue where their food comes from and animals are seen as nothing more than profit and only evil and suffering can come of that. Although it would be nice I’m not so unrealistic to expect everyone to become vegetarian or vegan but we should at the least be cutting WAY back in our meat consumption and we should be extremely conscious of where our food comes from.

  • Nancy Wong says:

    thanks for the article…because it brings to light that animals are mistreated and that DIRTY AIR contributes to respiratory infections which people seem to be ignorant about and it’s too bad that everyone is blaming the pigs for this big mess.

  • Saucy says:

    Thank you PETA for posting this article. It is clear that certain individuals are clueless as to the level of greed and evil taking place in the world. I guess they are removed or have been sheltered or most probably just have their heads in the sand. Well I live in NYC and I can tell you the depths of human depravity are shocking. The lengths that people will sink to over petty jealouses control fear are astounding. I am very grateful when you post these articles with the names of the evil men and women in collusion with the devil. The corporate giants whose real CEO is the antichrist. It is very important to pray specifically for the destruction of these evil individuals and corporations. As always God Bless above and beyond for your tireless efforts to promote the KINGDOM OF GOD.

  • Denise says:

    Ok we all stop eating meat and that will stop all the bad things like swine flu and avian flu and we stop testing on monkeys in labs and this will help with things such as HIV right? Even if we let all the pigs go and shut down slaughter houses I do believe that since a virus can spread from an animal to a human or from a human to an animal it wouldn’t really make a difference. What about manure that is spread as fertilizer on vegetables and fruit plants to help them grow maybe something should be said about that. Maybe somethings not clicking here but don’t the two industry’s go hand in hand? No matter meat or vegetarian it seems to me that they are intertwined. Correct me if I’m wrong!

  • Chris says:

    Before I begin don’t write me off as a closeminded meateater and scroll down. I’m a vegan and I follow PETA news. This is a terrible article for two reasons. First the author attempts to argue that factory farming leads to pandemics which lead to high numbers of unnecessary and preventable human deaths. But he takes his expose of the Bush administration too far he ends up arguing that they had so much to gain and that avian flu and swine flu scares were nothing more than scares. This causes the beginning and end of the article to be wildly out of touch with each other. While he starts off arguing that officials and the media have downplayed the number of incidents of this virus in the paragraphs on the initial spread in La Gloria Perote Municipality Veracruz State Mexico the author completely reverses this by the end of the article when he states almost condescendingly “Already Mexican authorities have reported that the number of deaths confirmed from socalled Swine Flu is 7 not the 150 or more bandied in the media and that most other suspected cases were ordinary flu or influenza.” Which is it? Do factory farms cause deadly pandemics that cause hundreds of unnecessary deaths? Or is this merely an “outbreak of Swine Flu Panic not Swine Flu but Swine Flu Panic”? Please note I am not arguing against either of these possibilities one or both of them may be true I am merely pointing out that the author states them both so strongly that they conflict with each other. The second reason this is a terrible article is that the author is inaccurate in his treatment of scientific information. This ranges from the careless where he refers to Tamiflu as a vaccine which it is NOT it is an antiviral medication and there is a huge difference to the misleading where he states that the confirmed deaths from swine flu are only seven much less than 150 “bandied about in the media.” This is because the only place that can test samples is the CDC in Atlanta. Not every death is going to be sampled and shipped off for confirmation especially not in Mexico where many of the victims aren’t receiving medical treatment at all. And his assertion that the rest died from “ordinary flu or influenza” is conveniently not cited but it seems to be founded on the same misunderstandings of scientific information he displays elsewhere. Both ordinary flu and swine flu are Type A and H1N1 influenza strains. They are not exactly the same but they are closer to each other than avian flu H5N1. Further because of the fact that most deaths are not being sampled for confirmation at the CDC the most logical conclusion is that people involved in the same outbreak are dying from the same virus swine flu. It is preposterous for Engdahl to argue that people dying in an outbreak for which swine flu is a known cause are being killed by a different strain of the same virus that has NOT been confirmed killing people in these outbreaks. Finally a word for PETA I like many of the things you stand for I receive your newsletter I write letters when you send me alerts and I follow a vegan lifestyle. But posting articles that so irresponsibly deal with the facts of this situation detracts from your image. It makes you look not like a principled advocate of animal rights but a sneaky organization that will tell people whatever you think will make them stop abusing animals. I hope you guys didn’t realize how faulty this article was. But if you did I urge you to stick to the truth. The truth is enough to win because the facts are on our side. We don’t need distortions about swine flu to convince others. Those that recognize them as such will stop listening on the spot. And the reality of factory farming is bad enough to reach the others.

  • Dave says:

    The world health organization is reporting 156 cases of H1N1 in Mexico not 7!! Is the WHO a Rummy puppet also.

  • Di Y says:

    Hi I thank you for this article because there are so many lies in media around the world. I’m from Mexico City and there’s paranoia everywhere the worst part is that Government has “recomended” not to go out just keep in home and for me that’s a kind of curfew now we must not gather because it can be “dangerous”. Plus there’s a decree where authorities can enter in your home if they consider it’s necessary to stop the outbreak! A biologist said on the radio “life is worthless without freedom” I think ANYTHING justifies a DICTACTORSHIP

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Everybody needs to stop behaving as though they were a passenger on the Titanic and go about their daily lives. Those who are in a panic are afraid of dying those of us for whom death is not something to be feared are not letting this scare us.

  • Susan Ballarini says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this very enlightening article PETA. Here in Texas it is even harder to get the truth than it is in other parts of the country they like to treat the public like mushrooms. I often get more information from my friends in Illinois about what is happening here the news reporting is better and more truthful. I just knew this was some kind of hype but did not know the reason for it. Now thanks to your article I do. It is well known that illness leaves the body when enough good stuff is put into it and enough bad stuff kept out. I have met many people who were cured from “terminal illness” by holistic treatment and then a strict vegan diet. The illnesses these people had ranged from brain cancer to leukemia and they were living to tell about it over two years later. It is very sad that some died from this mutated flu virus. In some areas of the world there is so much poverty that it is very difficult to get what is needed to be healthy the most basic being clean water. It is very sad too that pigs and other animals are kept in a manner in which ensures their sickness. When one chooses to be vegan she 1 saves water 2 saves animals and 3 saves herself. Q.How is a mushroom kept? A.It is fed manure and kept in the dark. That sounds a little bit cruel

  • Connie says:

    That’s the punishment from God because the people abused the pigs by the end the viruses caused by pigs so that’s a good time to help the people think !! Eat vegetables instead !!

  • IONIESKYE says:

    In the news on TV there’s no truth told about what causes this they say that they “will do genetic tests 2 figure out what went wrong” I thought what! The very thing that’s causing all this etc…He then went on 2 say “There is no need 4 alarm as we have had this strain be4.” yet in another news report they said “Sars went away so maybe this will go the same way” This way of thinking is so distorted! Keeping the public unaware in a state of panic. The amount of money spent could have been used 2 clean up this mess curruption within the food industry… Always a pill or something unatural is used 2 sort out problems…Rather than a natural healthy long term solution which respects life in turn… Because of greed we never seem 2 get 2 this place… STAY GREEN Copenhagen Mtg Dec2009 Earth Awareness

  • Jan Graveson says:

    As with everything in life there is natural retribution. We have mistreat animals for years but moreso now in an ever greedy reign of the planet. There are consequences of factory farming and this IS one of them. The bacteria which can travel thousands of miles from these farms is to blame. DO NOT trust in the media they are scaremongers they try to make us paranoid when perhaps they are up to something else while all this goes on. The big drug companies are in cahoots with it all reaping in the coin while the infection they speak continues to grwo BECAUSE of factory farma believe me I know I have been to quite a few. It is astonshing that we as a socalled intelligent race allow this treatment of aniamls and do not seem to possess the common sense to realise what it is doing to OUR environment. That’s the most shocking thing.We can do do to our animals and planet what we do and NOT expect Payback time! Jan

  • Rita says:

    Go Veg! Be Green! Save the Planet!

  • Amy says:

    There’s a reason this isn’t being referred to as “Swine Flu” anymore. WHO is referring to it as H1N1 now to avoid the accusations you are perpetuating in this article. More than 100000 pigs were killed in Egypt because government officials mistakenly thought killing the pigs would prevent the spread of H1N1. I can’t believe PETA would be so irresponsible.

  • ryan says:

    No r worrell your wrong. We can eat pork fine. Animals dont suffer like we do.

  • barbara schweihs says:

    Right on..I’m not the only one who refers to Rumsfled and his cronies as spin doctors..as I watched the media induce fear all week my biggest fear was wondering what the WHO and the pharmaceutical companies were really up too…ever since we created the aids virus the only panic I have is when they try to sell something under the guise it for your own good..

  • Chin Yi Hui says:

    It helps isn’t it? From my part of the world people are avoiding pork now! I have been trying to get people around me to cut down on meat but to no avail. Now people are doing it on their own accord. Less consumption of pork means we save more pigs!Cheers to the media for misleading people.

  • RAKESH KEHTA says:

    BECOME A VEGETARIAN. IT HAS VERY MANY ADVANTAGES. KEEPS YOU FIT AND HEALTHY GREENERY IS REVIVED HYGEINIC MORE FOOD GIVING TREES COMES INTO EXISTENCE ETC..ETC.ETC.

  • Adityo says:

    Well thanks for the info. What bthers me the most is that anything always become political and then people lose the focus. Just all about the face right. How the mexiacans polititians reacts will show to the world how they are. Just about looks…Poor pigs in this..We just need to stop eating meat or at leas treat them better poor thing.

  • Ilka says:

    im glad that this article came out. its hard to know what to believe from the media nowadays. Its always good to be cautious about your health but not panic. political corruption will always be around so we should always take a really good look at the information given to the public and weigh it carefully. Thanks

  • Ceece says:

    Umm not to rain on your parade but the swine flu has been traced back to a liitle boy who has never seen a pig. It is part reqular flu and part avian flu as well. The poor pigs really have nothing to do with it.

  • r worrell says:

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE! Thank you for posting. Global Research is an excellent source for information “the media won’t tell you” and it is not surprising that they are featuring this informative article by Wm. Engdahl. There’s only ONE solution never eat pork NEVER. What’s called pork was once an abused suffering intelligent sentient being. Go veg NOW. If you aren’t part of the solution you’re part of the problem.

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