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WORLD
November 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Belgian actor is sharing a cage with a pig for three days in the hope that the animal will reveal why there is so much conflict in the world. Inspired by the German artist Joseph Beuys, who spent a week in a cage with a coyote to protest the Vietnam War, Benjamin Verdonck said he figured the sow had as much chance as anyone of coming up with an answer. He insisted he was not taking sides in any conflict.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1995
Montana, the 80-pound pot-bellied pig that has become a lightning rod for two La Puente recall drives, will be around a bit longer. The City Council has refused owner Michelle Walker's second plea to keep her pet--in violation of city codes that ban swine--but agreed to let the Planning Commission review the matter. Meanwhile, Montana will stay with Walker, unaware of his role in city politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1996 | HUGO MARTIN
Potbellied pigs, those pint-size porkers that were all the rage a few years ago, can join the ranks of domestic pets, the Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday. The council voted unanimously to direct planning officials to draft a law allowing potbellied pigs to be kept as pets in residential areas under certain conditions. Pigs are now banned from residential areas.
WORLD
November 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
South Korea began slaughtering hundreds of dogs and pigs in an effort to stem the spread of bird flu, although international health experts have questioned the necessity of killing other species to curtail the disease. Many villagers were more concerned about the pigs than the dogs. "Dogs are good for keeping us not bored. But pigs -- it costs us a lot to buy those pigs," said Im Soon-duk, 66, who lives near Iksan, south of Seoul.
WORLD
May 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The government said it would slaughter 40,000 pigs in central South Korea after 20 tested positive for foot-and-mouth disease. Hoping to halt the disease's spread, authorities will slaughter all pigs at farms within 1.8 miles from where initial cases were found in Jinchon district, an Agriculture and Forestry Ministry official said. The government has so far slaughtered about 35,000 livestock.
NEWS
June 17, 1991 | SHERYL STOLBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a discovery that experts say marks an important step toward finding a substitute for blood, biologists attending an Anaheim conference announced Sunday that they have used genetic engineering techniques to create pigs that produce human hemoglobin. In their announcement at the World Congress on Cell and Tissue Culture, officials of DNX Corp. of Princeton, N. J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
Inviting more community input, the City Council on Tuesday postponed a vote on whether to allow residents to keep pot-bellied pigs as household pets. The issue will come back before the council Oct. 13. City staff members have recommended that the council keep its prohibition on pet pigs, citing research from animal welfare groups showing that many pot-bellied pigs end up being abandoned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday denied a request to halt the extermination of thousands of feral pigs. The National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy say the pigs must go because they're damaging island archeological sites and threatening native species. Rick Feldman, a Santa Barbara businessman who initiated a lawsuit to stop the killings, was angered by Judge Dickran Tevrizian's decision against issuing a preliminary injunction. The lawsuit is still pending.
NEWS
November 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Advocates for the humane treatment of animals asked the Florida Supreme Court to approve a proposed constitutional amendment banning the caging of pregnant pigs in small crates. Floridians for Humane Farms argued that some huge "factory farms" breed pigs for years in gestation crates that don't allow the pregnant animals to turn around.
WORLD
July 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia became the first known country to destroy pigs in an effort to contain the rapid spread of bird flu, which has killed at least 57 people across Asia since 2003 and devastated poultry stocks. Plans to kill 200 swine, however, were sharply reduced as authorities wrangled over the best way to battle the disease. Eighteen pigs that tested positive for the H5N1 strain of the virus were killed on a farm in Tangerang, about 25 miles west of Jakarta.
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