Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Loneliest Pig
Afghanistan's only pig has been put into solitary confinement. In Afghanistan, pigs and pork are illegal for religious reasons. They don't believe in the separation of church and state, which we take for granted here in America. However, an exception has been made for one pig. Up until a few days ago, he was on display at the Kabul Zoo, along with the goats, monkeys and other animals. But then visitors to the zoo started expressing concern that they might contract swine flu from Afghanistan's one pig. Zoo director Aziz Gul Saqib told Reuters: "For now the pig is under quarantine. We built it a room." Saqib acknowledges that their pig is actually fine and that nobody is going to get swine flu, but they made the move anyway to calm a panicked public's ill-informed concerns. There is no word on how long the quarantine will last. As if being the only pig in all of Afghanistan wasn't a lonely enough proposition, the little fellow sits alone in a tiny room awaiting his fate.