You may have noticed that President Obama is taking pains to call swine flu by its medical designation, H1N1, so as not to antagonize the swine farmer lobby. Now the World Health Organization has announced it too will refrain from fouling swine’s good name.
I like how agricultural officials in Illinois chose to drive home the message that pigs are still safe to eat.
CAPRON — Swine flu fears have caused Capron Elementary School to call off its plans for a "kiss the pig" contest.
Agriculture experts say it’s a good thing, because they wouldn’t want to put the pig in harm’s way. …
"Right now, you could make the argument that the fundraiser shouldn’t be held for the pig’s sake," (Illinois Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff) Squibb said. "If anyone is at risk, based on what we know at this moment, it would be the pig."