POWAY — Today the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announced that 34 pigs throughout the U.S. have contracted human flu.
The PETA News Network (PNN) issued a statement on their morning broadcast claiming that the pigs contracted the flu virus from “dirty humans” who didn’t wash their “filthy hands.”
Many PETA activists are taking private jets to fly to the bedside of pigs infected with human flu, where they intend to provide extra care to ensure the pigs make a full recovery.
So far there is only one reported case of a pig infected with human flu in San Diego — a 3-year-old pig named Dolly, who is currently in stable condition in a stable at Poway Animal Hospital.
PETA is advising that all pigs wear snout masks, avoid crowded places, restrict travel, and use hoof sanitizer frequently.
“We advise that pigs not fly until the human flu has been contained,” said one PETA spokesman.
To prevent the spreading of human flu to other species of animals, PETA is recommending the temporary closing of all petting zoos.
The human flu is already having repercussions in the animal entertainment industry. Two movies slated for a 2010 release, Babe 4: Pig in Space and Larger than Life: The Rosie O’Donnell Story, have halted production due to fears that the stars might contract human flu.