It’s H1N1, not swine flu

I got a nice email from the American Meat Institute (representing pork producers, among others), politely asking that we stop saying ‘swine flu’:

Novel H1N1 is a human disease.  Pigs have not played any role in the spread of the virus.  We urge you to remind your reporters and producers that continued use of the term “swine flu” is inappropriate and ask that your coverage de-link the virus from pigs or pork.  We ask that you refrain from using pig graphics in your reporting as it reinforces the perception that a link has existed between the Novel H1N1 virus and pig production– something that is regrettable, inaccurate, yet commonly seen.

So, just say no to swine flu, it’s H1N1.


  1. Recently we had some Dutch visitors staying with us. We got to talking about exactly this because we suspected my son was coming down with it. Apparently, in Holland very soon after the outbreak, they changed it from swine flu to Mexican Flu because there was not distinct link with pigs, but you couldn’t argue the Mexican link.

  2. [GD – post deleted. It hurt my brain to try and read this lunacy.

    But, I did save the big finale: Enjoy!]

    If we were all vegans and didn’t fuck around with animals, not only would we live longer and solve the Health Care Crisis, but we would never have to worry about: Strokes, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Kidney Stones, Colon Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Stomach Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, Breast Cancer, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes, Kidney Disease, Peptic Ulcers, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Hiatal Hernias, Diverticulosis, Obesity, Gallstones, Hypertension, Asthma, Salmonellosis, Trichinosis, Irritable Colon Syndrome, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (the human variant of Mad Cow Disease), Smallpox, Smithfield’s Swine Flu Virus (Influenza), Tuberculosis, Malaria, Aids, Bubonic Plague, Measles, Cholera, AIDS, Global Warming, Factory Farming’s Cruelty and Pollution, Starvation/World Hunger, School Shootings, and War.

  3. Camille Marino says:

    I suppose there is some validity in wanting to re-frame Smithfield’s Swine Flu Virus so as not to impede the demand for murdered pig carass products.

    After all, it is almost a manmade disease. The human psyche in all of it’s exquisite abhorrance devised systems to confine living beings in misery & filth, rape them, mutilate them, and harvest their commodified flesh… the same systems that demand confined pigs develop respiratory disease and infection; the confined filthy conditions acting as an incubator.

    But I think it’s under control now. Since the government is not counting — or at least not reporting — the exponential increase in hospitalizations and fatalities from Smithfield’s Swine Flu Virus, the public can bask in blissful ignorance while they slowly die off.

    And now there’s a push to wholly disengage the discussion from the source — INSIDIOUS FACTORY FARMING AND TORTURED, DISEASED PIGS.

    What the sheeple don’t know won’t hurt them. Or, more accurately… won’t hurt the holocaust economy.

  4. Is it moonbat season?

  5. Glen in Texas says:

    I’m inspired. Waitress, double the bacon on my bacon-cheeseburger. Can I get pork rinds with that?

    I do appreciate it when there are post that actually make mine seem wise.

  6. gina maltese says:

    Maybe this is all nature`s way of helping out the animals & the activists trying to stop this mass mutilation.
    I personally am sick of this roller-coaster of sickeningly denied events by the greedy meat industry & corpse-hole stuffers,
    so I`m giving two thumbs up & a big ole Trent Loos “Howdy!:)” to the Swine Flu & welcome it to take out as many meat mongers as it can get it`s reliable, dirty little hands on.
    As the old saying goes, “you play with the bull, you get the horn”, & you sons of a bitches deserve every grueling, painful, moment of the experience.
    “Y`all come back now, Ya hear?!”

  7. Goatwhacker says:

    I’m looking forward to football season. I usually wrap Lil Smokies in bacon, roll them in brown sugar and cook until crisp. I know they’re instant heart attacks but they taste awesome.

  8. I’m eating barbeque chicken pizza right now.

    Any word on the future of chickens?

  9. Geez. That was weird. A triple-moonbat driveby (the first one was a rambling screed, deleted because a) its lunacy was staggering b) I’m not a free host of total gibberish and c) swearing.

  10. I just call it “the flu.” Fancy abbreviations are annoying.

    The flu’s supposed to be pretty bad this year.

  11. Oh please. Smithfield farms in Mexico are where this virus started.

    What a bunch of liars.

  12. albatross says:

    Wow, smarmy corporate PR drones vs raving moonbats. This is the kind of fight I can really enjoy watching.

  13. doc Russia says:

    I like to tell my patients that they don’t have swine flu..
    …I call it “Mexican Bugaloo.”
    When they get that funny look on their face and ask what it is, I tell them that it is like the regular flu, but only *less* dangerous.


  14. Tina Fiedler says:

    Hi docs:

    Tell us the truth: this H1N1 crap is going to be used to kill half of us off. Why do you guys go along with it?
    More people die of “regular” flu each year, and they don’t make a big stink about that. It’s obvious to everyone.

    I hope you guys have the balls to stand up to the government and tell them we WILL NOT take forced vaccinations!!


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