Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Is Ted Nugent now helping to expose homeless to potential diseases carried by feral pigs?

Ted Nugent, for whom Nebraska State Senator Colby Coash hosted a private "reception" last year, says he machined gunned hundreds of hogs in Texas for Bill Maher and "all those other animal rights freaks."
     In Texas, the feral hog population exceeds 1.5 million, and causes an estimated $500 million in damage each year.
     According to the Huffington Post, Nugent, interviewed by SiriusXM's Brett Winterble, claimed he killed 455 wild pigs with his machine gun in a Texas field.

After the kill, the 64-year-old gun-crazed rocker said he gave the meat to the needy. “We distributed tons of the most delicious pork to the soup kitchens and homeless shelters of this state. Everything we did was perfect – win, win, win," he added. “I had to adjust my halo as I was machine-gunning hogs.”

Hmmm. Below are some interesting facts about the consumption of wild pigs from the Center for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (xjmeng@vt.edu http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19687039).

Wild boars can act as reservoirs for many important infectious diseases... in humans, diseases such as hepatitis E, tuberculosis, leptospirosis and trichinellosis... cluster cases of hepatitis E have been reported in Japan of humans who consumed wild boar meat. In Canada, an outbreak of trichinellosis was linked to the consumption of wild boar meat.

Hope none of that meat was even slightly undercooked. Wonder if anyone who interviews Nugent will ask him which soup kitchens and homeless shelters got the meat he provided from animals which can act as "reservoirs" for TB.

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