jon steward pig virus
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Healthy Living, Video
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“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart knows a thing or two about America’s biggest problems. A bacon shortage? Not one of them.

Stewart played a clip of a Fox News host reporting that, “A fast spreading pig virus is about to cause bacon prices to skyrocket.” The comedian shot back, “I think you’re burying your lead here. Are we supposed to be more concerned about bacon prices going up or, I believe the phrase you used was, a fast spreading virus.”

As of right now the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has been reported in about 200 hog farms (yes, factory farms) in fourteen states. As many people know, because factory farms pack animals in as tightly as possible to turn a higher profit, illness can spread quickly. As it seems to be doing in this case.

Stewart also lampoons Fox News for featuring a pig in a comfortable stall as he or she roots around in the hay bedding. Of course, that’s not at all what a factory farm looks like. He then cuts to footage of gestation crates to show the reality of pig farming. When the audience makes a sympathetic sound due to the abhorrent conditions, Stewart just says, “Hey, it’s your f*cking bacon.”

Vegans will love the next part where he goes on to talk about all of the health benefits that would take place if America did in fact eat less bacon. He jokes, “Oh no! A bacon shortage! But that means type 2 diabetes rates could fall dramatically!” See the clip below.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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