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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 10, 1999
As a carpenter who worked in Beverly Hills for many years, I resent the remark by Mayor Les Bronte that all construction workers were "pigs." ("Hammer Time," Dec. 20). We are quite proud of our work, although it can get a little messy at times. You must admit the finished product looks pretty good. So, Mayor Bronte, when you drive through your beautiful city, just remember it was you who said it was built by "pigs." CARL ROSS North Hollywood These are the same "pigs" that have built the Beverly Hills mansions for the last 60 years and are still doing so. If they don't want the "pigs" around, they should stop issuing building permits.
January 22, 2010 | By Tim Chitwood
You can't get the " swine flu" virus by pigging out on barbecue, even if the pigs you used for chow had the disease, the federal government has confirmed. A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture provided "additional confirmation" that meat from pigs exposed to the H1N1 virus did not have the virus in it. "This research provides additional reassurance for consumers about the safety of pork," Edward B. Knipling, research service administrator with the department, said in a statement this week.
June 5, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Officials will take precautions to make sure pigs involved in contests at the Orange County Fair in July are free of a common swine virus. Due to an outbreak of pseudo-rabies statewide, all pigs must be tested for the virus, which is not communicable to humans. The disease causes immediate illness and death in piglets and can sometimes kill older pigs, said Erin Hunt, a spokeswoman at the fairgrounds. Hunt said psuedorabies is not similar to rabies found in dogs and other mammals.
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