Media outlets around the globe have been in a frenzy spreading fear about the flu, now known as H1N1. Pandemic is the best way to describe it – and I’m not talking about the sickness, but the sensationalism surrounding the mutated virus. May I suggest a perspective check?

  • More than 500,000 people  around the world die annually from the common seasonal flu.
  • You cannot get this virus from pork or pigs, contrary to misperceptions formed around the original name, swine flu.  Get the facts.
  • The single American death came from a 23 month who was brought to the U.S. for medical care. Most people are recovering from it within a week’s time. It’s unfortunate that people have died, but don’t blow it out of proportion. (more…)

Florida was first on the radar screen for ballot initiatives.  HSUS, Farm Sanctuary and friends likely thought it wouldn’t really draw a lot of attention in a state without a major swine presence.   That alone tells you that these “animal protectionists” are not looking to “save” as many animals as possible.  However, they were right – the “pregnant pig” initiative flew under the radar screen of many ag groups.  When it subsequently passed, it set the stage for Arizona, Colorado and California. (more…)