High-rise hog farms have sprung up nationwide as part of Beijing’s drive to enhance its agricultural competitiveness and reduce its dependence on imports.
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Spy Cams Show What the Pork Industry Tries to Hide
A California activist sneaked into a gas chamber for hogs and installed three cameras. See for yourself what they show.
Going Whole Hog for a Noche Buena Tradition
Roast pork is the must-have Christmas Eve centerpiece for many Latinos and Filipinos, and for processors like La Casa Sierra near Tampa, Fla., business is booming.
Neuralink faces federal probe over alleged animal abuse, “hack job” surgeries
Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink is under investigation by the US Department of Agriculture for possible animal welfare violations amid allegations from current and former employees that the company abused animals in slapdash research leading to “hack job” surgeries spurred by Musk’s rushed timelines.
That’s all according to an exclusive investigation published late Monday by Reuters, which reviewed internal Neuralink documents and records and interviewed over 20 current and former Neuralink employees.
According to Reuters, the USDA Inspector General opened an investigation into Neuralink in recent months at the request of a federal prosecutor. The investigation focuses on possible violations of the Animal Welfare Act, which regulates the treatment of animals involved in research and other activities and is enforced by the USDA. Reuters was unable to determine the full scope of the investigation. The USDA inspector general declined to comment on Reuter’s investigation. Regulatory filings show that Neuralink has passed previous USDA inspections.
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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Barn? To Sign Up for the Scientific Study.
A farm sanctuary in New York is investigating the inner lives of cows, pigs and chickens — but only if they volunteer.
A Utah Jury Acquitted Two Animal Rights Activists.
The acquittal of animal rights activists in Utah suggests attitudes may be changing about factory farming.
The Supreme Court Could Decide the Fate of America’s Pregnant Pigs
The Supreme Court should allow a California law restricting gestation crates to stand
Animal Rights Activists Await Verdict in Smithfield Piglet Case
The Utah trial has highlighted what the defendants argue is a lack of transparency for the treatment of animals at large corporate farms.
The Great Guinea Pig Giveaway Has Begun
From geckos to chinchillas, small pets were a pandemic balm. Now shelters across the country say they are being surrendered.
Pigs to the Rescue: An Invasive Species Helped Save Australia’s Crocodiles
Invasive species can damage the ecosystems they wind up in. But in parts of the world, endangered predators make hearty meals out of them.
Signs of an Animal Virus Discovered in Man Who Received a Pig’s Heart
The patient showed no sign of rejecting the genetically modified organ, but suffered numerous complications.
Supreme Court to Weigh California Law on Treatment of Pigs
Trade groups challenged the law, which requires adequate space for breeding pigs to turn around, saying it unfairly burdens out-of-state farmers.
Two months after receiving a pig heart, transplant patient dies
On Wednesday, the University of Maryland Medical Center announced that David Bennett, the first human to receive a pig heart transplant, died on Tuesday, March 8. His death comes roughly two months after the transplant; the cause of death wasn’t specified.
The university’s statement is short on details, and those will be critical for understanding the prospects for future transplants of this sort. Bennett was in very poor health at the time of the transplant, with his heart requiring mechanical assistance to keep him alive, so there are many potential explanations for his death that have nothing to do with the transplant. All the university is revealing is that the organ was not immediately rejected by Bennett’s immune system and that his health had started declining several days prior to his death.
Understanding the causes of his death is critical because Bennett will not be the last human to receive a pig organ. Shortly after his transplant, a different group published results from an early clinical trial using hearts from the same genetically engineered pigs. In this case, the hearts were transplanted into brain-dead individuals rather than being used to keep someone alive, but the trial clearly represented a step toward normal transplants.
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Patient in Groundbreaking Heart Transplant Dies
David Bennett Sr. had received a heart from a genetically modified pig, a procedure that may yet offer hope to millions of Americans needing transplants.
One Huge Hog, One Long Day and a Nourishing Southern Tradition
At his farm in South Carolina, Marvin Ross is carrying on the ritual of hog slaughters, a disappearing staple of Black agrarian life.
The Rampaging Pigs of the San Francisco Bay Area
A proposed California law would make it easier to hunt feral swine, the voracious ‘super invaders’ that are the bane of some East Bay suburbs.
Kidneys From a Genetically Altered Pig Are Implanted in a Brain-Dead Patient
Surgeons at the University of Alabama at Birmingham said they hoped to start clinical trials with kidney patients later this year.
In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig
The breakthrough may lead one day to new supplies of animal organs for transplant into human patients.
Business Groups Sue Over California Law They Say Could Keep Pork Off Plates
A 2018 ballot initiative creating minimum space requirements for livestock is set to go into effect on Jan. 1. Food industry interests are warning of possible shortages and price increases.
This little piggy doesn’t like heat and low barometric pressure
Pigs have a long and illustrious history in North America. According to the University of Mississippi, they were initially introduced to the continent from Europe in the 1500s. In the 1900s, the Eurasian wild boar was also introduced. Over the years, escapee pigs and the introduced boars interbred, creating a nuisance: wild hogs.
These hogs have captured the imagination of the US. In 2019, a tweet asking a “[l]egit question for rural Americans” went viral. The question: “How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play[?]” There was even a TV show, called American Hoggers, about hunting these pigs, and it ran for four seasons starting in 2011. One of its stars, Dean Campbell, passed away over the summer. A small industry offering the experience of a lifetime—i.e. shooting hogs from a helicopter—also sprang up. If this seems somewhat macabre, it’s worth noting that feral pigs can cause $1.5 billion in damages in the US each year—though it’s hard to say if this makes using assault weaponry against them any less gruesome.
At any rate, new research suggests that by using temperature and terrain, we can anticipate where these hogs are more likely to trot as they continue expanding across the continent. According to Lindsay Clontz, one of the paper’s authors and a University of Georgia masters’ graduate in forestry and natural resources, this could help the US manage the damage more effectively.
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In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked
A kidney grown in a genetically altered pig seemed to function normally, potentially a new source for desperately needed transplant organs.
Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays
Military personnel are driving transport trucks. Pig farmers may start culling their stock. Even the government says shortages will affect Christmas, as Britons brace for a challenging winter.
On This German Farm, Cows Are in Charge. Or at Least Coequals.
The cows don’t have to produce milk. The pigs sleep late. No animal on this former dairy farm serves a human need. Their only purpose is to live peacefully — and provoke questions about how we eat.
Roast Pig Statue in Rome Draws Animal Rights Protests
A new set of public artworks was supposed to pay tribute to the Italian capital, but a sculpture of a roasted pig has raised the hackles of animal rights groups and finnicky Romans.
Breathing Through the Rectum Saves Oxygen-Starved Mice and Pigs
Japanese scientists who studied an unusual method of delivering oxygen in mammals hope to one day try it in people.
In Haifa, Israel, Wild Boars Encroach on Human Turf
Groups of boars have become an unavoidable presence in Haifa. Some human residents are charmed, but others are annoyed or frightened and now carry sticks on walks.
Pig Painting May Be World’s Oldest Cave Art Yet, Archaeologists Say
The depiction of the animal on an Indonesian island is at least 45,500 years old, the researchers say.
‘Gunda’ Review: A Remarkable Pig’s-Eye View of the World
This astonishing documentary offers an intimate look at the lives of a sow, her rambunctious piglets, a one-legged chicken and a herd of cows.
Pig Couch on Craigslist: The Full Story
We did find out where it is, though.
Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe
Research on fossil canine genomes is expanding and producing some surprises about the lives of dogs and humans in prehistoric times.
Romans Want to Get Rid of Wild Boars, but Killing Them? That’s Another Matter
The euthanizing of a boar and her six piglets on a playground near the Vatican has aroused fury in Rome, a city that has long complained about the often aggressive animals.
Scientists Synthesize Jawbones From Pig Fat
The bones are among the hardest to replace in the body. A trial of the new technique in humans is about to begin.
In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant
Injured and unusable lungs were restored with respirators and pig blood. The procedure one day may increase the supply of organs for transplant.
Scientists Say New Strain of Swine Flu Virus Is Spreading to Humans in China
A new study warns that the strain of H1N1, common on China’s pig farms since 2016, should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another pandemic.
Meat Plant Closures Mean Pigs Are Gassed or Shot Instead
Coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants have created a backlog of animals ready for slaughter but with nowhere to go. Farmers are having to cull them.