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Culling of Canadian Swine Herd Not Health Related

The Alberta farm where H1N1 was found is culling pigs.

Published on: May 12, 2009

A Canadian official says it has nothing to do with the H1N1 virus, but 500 hogs on the farm where the virus was detected have been culled. The hogs were not sick, but Alberta's chief veterinarian, Dr. Gerald Hauer, told the Canadian Press the decision to cull was to ease overcrowding on the central Alberta farm. Hauer said it had nothing to do with animal health. The remaining herd of 1,700 pigs remains under quarantine.

Under the quarantine Hauer says the population continues to grow and space was running out. Since these animals cannot be moved off the farm as they normally would, the living conditions would soon become unacceptable due to overcrowding and the pigs would have been in distress.

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