Ordren om å drepe alle Egyts 300.000 griser var et dårlig skjult forsøk på å ramme de 400.000 søppelarbeiderne, kalt zabaleen. Zabaleen er kristne, og myndighetene liker hverken dem eller griser.
Myndighetene sa de skulle slakte grisene humant, men virkeligheten var noe helt annet.
The government promised it would be a humane process, butchering the pigs according to Islamic law and then freezing the meat. But reporters for an Egyptian newspaper, Al Masry Al Youm, followed trucks that carried the pigs to a garbage dump. As they filmed, workers used a front-end loader to drop piles of live animals into huge dump trucks. They documented piglets being stabbed and tossed into piles, large pigs beaten with metal rods, their carcasses dumped in the sand.
The savagery of the cull prompted an outcry in Egypt and around the world. But the killing never stopped.
The zabaleen are Christians. Egypt is a majority Muslim country. The zabaleen are convinced that the government wants to use the swine flu scare not to help improve their lives but to get pigs out of Egypt. Islam prohibits eating pork.
«The bottom line is pigs are not welcome in Egypt,» said the Rev. Samaan Ibrahim, a priest in one of the largest zabaleen neighborhoods in Cairo.