There is so much terrible news every day
that we see, and do not share,
because we try to keep this site light and fun!
BUt when I read this article, I felt compelled to
share it with our animal lovers here.
In an effort to control the country's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in history, South Korea has ordered the killing of 1.23 million pigs and hundreds of thousands of cattle, goats and deer in the past 40 days. Sparking international outrage, photos of pigs being buried alive by the truckload have been appearing in news reports around the world.
According to the AFP, South Korea has lost about seven percent of its cattle and pigs at an estimated cost of $890 million. Shockingly, this tragedy could have been averted by a relatively inexpensive vaccine at only a fraction of the cost of the current slaughter efforts - but at the risk of a longer export ban by overseas buyers.
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