Hogs http://wunc.org en Raleigh Transit Authority Sued For Rejecting Bus Ad Showing Caged Pigs http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-transit-authority-sued-rejecting-bus-ad-showing-caged-pigs <p>The Humane Society of the United States is suing the Raleigh Transit Authority after the city rejected a bus advertisement showing pigs in cages.&nbsp;</p><p>The ad proposal meant for the outside of buses has photos of pigs in gestation crates with the words, "How would you like to spend the rest of your life in a space as small as a bus seat?"</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:59:37 +0000 Will Michaels 21209 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Transit Authority Sued For Rejecting Bus Ad Showing Caged Pigs Fatal Swine Disease Could Strike NC Hog Industry http://wunc.org/post/fatal-swine-disease-could-strike-nc-hog-industry <p>A fatal swine disease is striking the nation's hog industry. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus or PED is usually deadly for baby pigs. Its symptoms resemble dysentery, and it's spread through bodily secretions. Tom Ray, director of Livestock Health Programs for the state department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, says so far, there have been only four confirmed cases in North Carolina. He expects the impact for farmers and the state's economy to be significant. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:59:21 +0000 Catherine Brand 19070 at http://wunc.org Fatal Swine Disease Could Strike NC Hog Industry N.C. Hog Farm Neighbors File Nuisance Complaints http://wunc.org/post/nc-hog-farm-neighbors-file-nuisance-complaints <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of people in eastern North Carolina have filed nuisance complaints against Smithfield Foods about the way hog farmers dispose of their waste.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Will Michaels 18544 at http://wunc.org N.C. Hog Farm Neighbors File Nuisance Complaints Smithfield Foods Goes 'Hog Wild' Over Shuanghui Merger http://wunc.org/post/smithfield-foods-goes-hog-wild-over-shuanghui-merger <p></p><p>The multi-billion dollar merger announcement between Smithfield Foods and China-based Shuanghui International caught many people by surprise.&nbsp; Smithfield owns the <a href="http://youtu.be/1s8Vt-Q8N80">largest hog processing plant in the world, in Tar Heel</a>.&nbsp; And thousands of hog farmers and factory workers in North Carolina are employed by the company.</p><p>If the deal clears regulatory hurdles, it could be the biggest takeover of a US company by a Chinese company. Wed, 29 May 2013 20:14:56 +0000 Leoneda Inge 16226 at http://wunc.org Smithfield Foods Goes 'Hog Wild' Over Shuanghui Merger Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy http://wunc.org/post/connecting-hog-farms-pipelines-could-streamline-methane-gas-energy <p>Researchers at Duke University say they have shed more light on the prospects of using hog waste to produce energy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:26:07 +0000 Will Michaels 14480 at http://wunc.org Connecting Hog Farms To Pipelines Could Streamline Methane Gas Energy Smithfield Ending Controversial Hog Crates http://wunc.org/post/smithfield-ending-controversial-hog-crates <p></p><p>Animal rights advocates are welcoming news that Smithfield Foods is on track to phase out the use of small metal crates for pregnant hogs. The company said in a statement it will end the practice by 2017. The non-profit Humane Society filed a federal complaint against Smithfield a month ago. Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:35:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7130 at http://wunc.org Smithfield Ending Controversial Hog Crates New Laws Take Effect Saturday http://wunc.org/post/new-laws-take-effect-saturday <p>More than 50 new laws take effect this weekend in North Carolina.<br><br>Among the changes starting Saturday is a new provision in the medical malpractice law. People who file lawsuits will be limited to 500-thousand dollars in non-economic damages if they win a case. That includes compensation for pain, suffering and other injuries. There will not be a limit on payments for medical bills and lost wages.<br> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:05:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7392 at http://wunc.org Orphan Piglets Get New Home http://wunc.org/post/orphan-piglets-get-new-home <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Durham County Animal Shelter officials auctioned off five little pigs today. The young piglets made headlines two months ago after they turned up on interstate forty blocking traffic. The porkers have been living in a converted dog pen at the Durham County Animal Shelter. Lee Sackett of C-J Acres Animal Rescue Farm in Keystone Heights, Florida was the winning bidder. He paid $3,200 for the pigs.</p><p> Fri, 27 May 2011 21:48:00 +0000 WUNC News 8739 at http://wunc.org Orphan Piglets Get New Home Hog Farm Pollution Tied To Residents' Symptoms http://wunc.org/post/hog-farm-pollution-tied-residents-symptoms <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>People living near hog farms in the eastern part of the state experience breathing problems when emissions from hog waste are highest - that's from new research done by UNC environmental scientists.&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Epidemiologist Steve Wing from the Gillings School of Global Public Health placed air pollution monitors in communities surrounded by large hog farms. He says one of the most important gasses he measured is hydrogen sulfide. The rotten egg smelling gas is known to be toxic to the nervous and the respiratory systems.&nbsp; Wing also asked residents to keep diaries of their symptoms.&nbsp; Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Rose Hoban 8896 at http://wunc.org Hog Farm Pollution Tied To Residents' Symptoms Union Fight Headed To Court http://wunc.org/post/union-fight-headed-court <p>The fight between Smithfield and the United Food and Commercial Workers over unionizing the Tar Heel hog processing plant has entered a new phase. A federal judge in Virginia has allowed a lawsuit filed by Smithfield to go forward.</p><p>The suit accuses the UFCW of a coordinated public smear campaign.&nbsp; It uses the RICO statutes that were created to fight organized crime. The lawsuit is the latest step in a confrontation that has slowly been moving out of the plant itself and into the kitchens and living rooms of consumers. Wed, 06 Feb 2008 13:24:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 16277 at http://wunc.org